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THE HISTORY 

OF THE 

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 

AND 

THE HISTORY 

OF THE 

LIKENESS OF CHRIST 

WHICH THE JEWS OF TIBERIAS MADE TO MOCK AT. 



THE SYRIAC TEXTS EDITED WITH ENGLISH 

TRANSLATIONS 

BY 

E.A.WALLIS BUDGE, M.A., Litt.D. D.Lit., 

KEEPER OF THE EGTPTIAN AST) ASSYRIAN ANTIQUITIES IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM. 



ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS. 



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DEDICATED 

TO 

WHO, 

IN THE INTERVALS OF A BUSY LIFE SPENT IN THE 

APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF HYGIENE 

TO THE WELL-BEING OF OUR RACE, 

FINDS TIME TO INTEREST HERSELF 

IN THE RELIGIOUS LITERATURE OF THE 

ANCIENT PEOPLES OF THE EAST, 

AND IN TRACING ITS INFLUENCE UPON THE BELIEFS 

OF THE NATIONS OF OUR OWN TIME. 



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In the following pages will be found translations of 
two curious and interesting works, which, though styled 
"Histories" by the Syrian translators, manifestly belong 
to the very large section of Syriac literature which con- 
tains the Apocrypha of the New Testament. The longer 
of the two texts is entitled "The History of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary", and contains the story of her Concep- 
tion, Birth, Infancy, Annunciation, Death, and Assump- 
tion, and records a number of her miracles. Included 
in it is an account of the early life of our Lord, and 
a description of the miracles which were wrought by 
means of His swaddling-bands, and the water in which 
He had been washed, and by His word or touch. A 
perusal of the work will convince the reader that the 
object of the writer throughout has been to magnify 
the importance of the Virgin Mary, and to describe 
her miraculous power, in short, it represents the popu- 
lar views which were held by devout but unlettered 
people concerning the earthly life of the Virgin and 



VIII PREFACE. 



V 



Child. But the work, which in its present form is now 
published for the first time, has considerable value, 
for it is a tolerably full summary of a number of 
apocryphal books among which may be mentioned the 
Protevangelium of James,' the Gospel of the Pseudo- 
Matthew,^ the Gospel of Thomas,^ the Gospel of the 
Infancy,^ the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary,^ and the 
"Transitus", or Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.^ 
These and other books written in Greek and Latin were 
laid under contribution by the Syrian translator and 
editor, and as a result we have in the work before us 
a careful selection of the most important of the stories 
concerning the Virgin and Child which were current 
y in Syria and Palestine as early as the end of the 

V'^ \ IVth century of our era, as well as some which were 
»:^ '\ incorporated with them at a later date. 

v"* The attention of scholars was first called to the 

existence of a Syriac version of the apocryphal books 
which related to the birth and history of the Virgin 
and Child and to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary 

' For the Greek text see Tischendorf, Evangelia Apocryphay Leip- 
zig 1876, pp. I — 50. 

2 For the Latin text see Tischendorf, op, city pp. 51 — 112. 

^ For the Greek and Latin texts see Tischendorf, op, cit,, 
pp. 140 — 180. 

^ For the Arabic text see Thilo, Codex Apocryphus, Leipzig i832, 
pp. 66 — i3i. 

* For the Latin text see Tischendorf, op, «'/., pp. ii3 — 121. 

^ For a Greek and two Latin texts see Tischendorf, Apocalypses 
Apoctyphae, pp. 95 — 136. 



PREFACE. IX 



by the late Professor Wright, who published, ( i ) a short 
fragment of the Protevangelium of James, (2) a short 
fragment of the Gospel of Thomas the Israelite, (3) the 
Letters of Herod and Pilate, (4) fragments of two recen- 
sions of the Assumption of the Virgin, and (5) fragments 
of the Obsequies of the Holy Virgin.^ The contents of 
the first two fragments will be found to have been in- 
corporated, with little change, in the "History of the 
Virgin" here given ; but as they represent early forms of 
the works to which they belong I have collated Wright's 
texts with the manuscript Add. 14,484 and reprinted 
them in the Appendix to the text for purposes of com- 
parison. In places our text reproduces, though in dif- 
ferent words, and sometimes in quite different order, 
the incidents which are detailed in the fragments of 
the two recensions of the Assumption of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary published by Professor Wright, but for 
the Letters of Herod and Pilate, and for the fragments 
of the Obsequies it has no equivalent. As both our 
text and that found in the manuscript of the Royal 
Asiatic Society, from which I have printed a large 
number of variant readings, agree in omitting these, 
it seems as if they are not parts of the later recen- 
sions of the History of the Virgin Mary in Syriac. 

Of the Syriac version of the Assumption of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary Professor Wright identified three 

^ Contributtons to the Apocryphal Literature of the New Testament^ 
London 1865. 



X PREFACE. 



editions or recensions. The first of these is represented 
by the fragment which he published from the British 
Museum Ms. Add. 14,484; this version seems to have 
been the earliest form of the work. The second is 
represented by the History of the Virgin Mary, "in six 
books," which he edited and translated in the "Journal 
of Sacred Literature", Vol. VI, pp. 417 — 448, January 
1865, and Vol. VII, pp. no — 160, April 1865. In this 
recension the work has been considerably enlarged, in 
particular by the addition of a lengthy introduction 
which relates the pretended discovery of the book, and 
connecting its history with the church of Saint John at 
Ephesus and the monastery on Mount Sinai. The third 
recension is represented by the fragment found in the 
British Museum Ms. Add. 12,174 and in this form the 
work has been still farther enlarged, and carefully 
elaborated in all its details. Closely allied to it are 
the Arabic version of the Assumption of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary, published by Maximilian Enger,' and the 
Ethiopic version which is extant in several manuscripts. 
It is impossible to assign axact dates to these three 
recensions, but there is no doubt that the principal 
materials for the construction of the narrative were 
collected before the end of the IVth century. About 
this time and during the Vth century the history of 
the Virgin and Child must have been very widely known 

I ^A^^\ ^\ ^JjLS ^^ ^^d-uJ\ UA»>f> j^^^ id esty Joannis Apostoli 
de Transitu Beatae Mariae Vtrginis Libert Elberfeld MDCCCLIV. 



PREFACE. XI 



and read, for the apocryphal book called "Transitus, 
/. e.y Assumptio sanctae Mariae", was condemned, 
together with several other apocryphal works, by 
Bishop Gelasius and the Council in Rome A.D. 494/ 
Of the text which I have edited and translated in 
this work about one third is occupied with the history 
of the last days of the Virgin Mary upon earth and 
her Assumption. Many of the incidents and accounts of 
the miracles which were wrought by her are found in 
the third recension of the Syriac version, but the order 
in which they are given is not always the same. In- 
corporated in it are a number of later additions to 
the work, e. g.^ the History of the Merchant and the 
Three Pearls (see within, pp. 155 — 158), and the History 
of Andrew the son of Andronicus, who was kept alive 
at the bottom of the sea by the Virgin Mary (see within, 
pp. 160 — 168). It will be noticed that several of the 
proper names have been corrupted, e. g,y Arbolds is 
written for Archelaus (p. 99); Biiza for Zeno (p. 82); 
Palona for Flavia (p. iSy); Nubkar for Ytikhapar, /. e.y 
Jochebed. The description of Tobia (xoiJiTjrtavoc), the 
father of Tabitha, has been corrupted into a proper 
name K6mnit6s (p. 99); and, as in the second recen- 
sion of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (see "Jour- 
nal of Sacred Literature", Vol. VII, p. 134), Abgar, the 
king of Edessa, is made to address his complaint con- 
cerning the behaviour of the Jews to Christ to Sabi- 

^ vSee Labbe, Concilia, torn. V, col. 389. 



XII PREFACE. 



nus, the procurator pf the Emperor Tiberius Caesar, 
instead of to Olbinus.' Besides these our text offers 
a number of peculiarities which will reward the reader 
for a careful study of the work. 

Concerning the "History of the Likeness of Christ, 
which the Jews of Tiberias made to mock at in the 
days of the Emperor Zeno", little need be said. It 
illustrates the curious belief in the power of pictures 
or figures to transform themselves, under certain con- 
ditions, into the living bodies of the beings whom they 
represented, which was current in Egypt some thous- 
ands of years before Christ and which probably passed 
from that country into Syria in the early period of the 
history of Christianity, and it reveals the existence of 
an unusual superstition among the Syrian Christians. 



E. A. WALLIS BUDGE. 



London. 

October loth, 1899. 



^ See Duval, La Littirature SyriaqtUy Paris 1899, p. ii3, note 2, 



Cantent]^. 



PAGE 

I. The History of the Blessed Virgin Mary 3—168 

THE PREFACE OF THE SYRIAN TRANSLATOR I. 2 

THE STORY OF y6nAkh1r AND dInA 3. 4 

REUBEN PREVENTS y6nAkh1r FROM MAKING HIS OFFERING . . 5 

y6nAKH1r departs to THE DESERT 6 

THE GRIEF AND LAMENTATION OF Df^A . 6 — 8 

THE ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARS TO DfNA; THE BIRTH OF 

THE VIRGIN MARY FORETOLD. DtNA'S NAME IS CHANGED 

TO HANNA g 

THE RETURN OF y6nAkh1r 12 

Y6NAKHtR AND HANNA GO TO JERUSALEM l3 

THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN MARY 14 

DESCRIPTION OF MARY'S CHAMBER 15 

Y6NAKHtR'S FEAST 15 

BIRTH OF MARY'S SISTER PAR6gh1thA 16 

MARY ACCOMPANIED BY SEVEN VIRGINS GOES TO JERUSALEM . 17 

THE PRIESTS CAST LOTS FOR MARY 17 

MARY GOES TO LIVE IN ZADOK'S HOUSE 18 

DEATH OF YdNAKHlR AND OF HANnA 18 

THE PRIESTS ASK THE LORD FOR DIRECTIONS ABOUT MARY'S 

FUTURE 19 

MARY IS GIVEN TO JOSEPH, THE SON OF JACOB, THE SON OF 

MATTHAN 20 

JOSEPH'S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM 21 



XIV CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL APPEARS TO MARY AND FORETELLS 

THE BIRTH OF JESUS 22 

THE VISIT OF MARY TO ELIZABETH 25 

RETURN OF JOSEPH WHO FINDS MARY WITH CHILD 26 

GABRIEL APPEARS TO JOSEPH 28 

THE PRIESTS CHIDE JOSEPH AND MARY 29 

THE WATERS OF TRIAL 3o 

JOURNEY OF JOSEPH AND MARY TO BETHLEHEM 32 

THE BIRTH OF JESUS 32 

THE APPEARANCE OF THE STAR IN PERSIA 34 

THE PERSIANS SET OUT FOR BETHLEHEM 36 

HEROD MAKES ENQUIRIES OF THE PERSIAN KINGS 37 

THE PERSIAN KINGS MAKE OFFERINGS TO JESUS 38 

THE CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS 39 

JESUS IS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE 40 

SLAUGHTER OF THE CHILDREN BY HEROD 4I 

MURDER OF ZECHARIAH 42 

JOSEPH, MARY, AND JESUS FLEE INTO EGYPT 44 

THE BREAKING OF THE IDOLS OF EGYPT 47 

THE SON OF THE PRIEST HEALED BY A SWADDLING-BAND OF 

JESUS 47 

MARY DRIVES THE DEVIL OUT OF A WOMAN 50 

THE BEWITCHED BRIDE 5^ 

THE DEVIL IS DRIVEN AWAY FROM A RICH WOMAN 5^ 

MARY HEALS A WOMAN WHO WAS A LEPER 52 

MARY HEALS A CHILD WHO WAS A LEPER 5^ 

STORY OF THE YOUNG MAN WHO HAD BEEN TURNED INTO A 

MULE 54 — 58 

STORY OF THE THIEVES TITUS AND DUMACHUS 59 

JOSEPH AND MARY AND JESUS RETURN TO BETHLEHEM . .y. . 60 

MARY CURES A CHILD WHO WAS SICK OF BOILS 60 

MARY HEALS A CHILD OF A DISEASE IN HIS EYES 6 1 

STORY OF THE CONCUBINES MARY AND ARZAmI 62 — 64 

MARY RAISES THOMAS, SURNAMED DIDYMUS, FROM THE DEAD . 65 

MARY HEALS A WOMAN WHO WAS A LEPER 67 

STORY OF THE BETROTHED MAIDEN WHO FELL SICK OF LEPROSY 68 — 69 

MARY DRIVES A DEVIL AWAY FROM A WOMAN 70 



CONTENTS. XV 



PAGE 

THE CHILD JESUS CAUSES A DEVIL TO GO FORTH FROM THE BOY 

JUDAH, WHO WAS AFTERWARDS KNOWN AS JUDAS ISCARIOT 71 
JESUS AT THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS GOES TO SCHOOL— HIS LIFE 

THERE . . . ' 71 — 73 

JESUS HEALS HIS BROTHER JAMES WHO HAD BEEN BITTEN BY A 

VIPER 73 

JESUS DISCOURSES TO THE DOCTORS IN THE TEMPLE 73 

JESUS GATHERS UP IN HIS GARMENT SPILLED WATER 75 

JESUS LENGTHENS PLANKS OF WOOD WHICH WERE TOO SHORT 76 
JESUS MAKES FIGURES OF HORSES, AND MARES, AND OXEN, AND 

ASSES, AND SPARROWS, WHICH MOVE AND EAT 76 

JESUS TURNS CHILDREN INTO GOATS 77 

THE STORY OF SIMON ZELOTES 79 

JESUS RELEASES A MAN FROM A SERPENT WHICH HAD BEEN 

COILED ROUND HIM FOR THREE YEARS 80 

JESUS HEALS A YOUNG MAN WHO HAD BEEN BEATEN SORELY . 8 1 

JESUS RAISES THE CHILD Bt>ZA FROM THE DEAD 82 

THE STORY OF NATHANIEL 83 

JESUS RAISES THE SON OF THE WIDOW OF NAIN FROM THE 

DEAD 83 — 85 

THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST BY JOHN 85 

JESUS TURNS WATER INTO WINE AT CANA OF GALILEE .... 86 

JESUS IS TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL 87 

THE RAISING OF THE DAUGHTER OF JAIRUS 89 

CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST ON FRIDAY, THE 3oTH DAY OF IdAr, 

ANNO ALEX. 336 89 

JOSEPH IS SHUT UP IN PRISON 90 

JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD 91 

THE MARIES VISIT THE GRAVE OF JESUS AND MEET HIM .... 92 
THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES DISPUTE ABOUT THE RESUR- 
RECTION OF JESUS 93 

THE ELEVEN DISCIPLES SEE JESUS IN GALILEE 95 

THE ASCENSION OF JESUS 96 

MARY DWELLS IN JERUSALEM, AND THE JEWS PLOT TO SLAY 

HER 97 

VISIT OF GABRIEL TO MARY 98 

LETTER OF ABGAR TO SABINUS, PREFECT OF TIBERIUS 100 



XVI CONTENTS. 



PAGE 

MARY PRAYS THAT SHE MAY SEE THE APOSTLES BEFORE SHE DIES I02 
JOHN THE LESS, SIMON PETER, PAUL, THOMAS, MATTHEW, 

BARTHOLOMEW, AND JAMES THE APOSTLE VISIT MARY IN 

BETHLEHEM io6 

PHILIP. SIMON ZELOTES, LUKE, ANDREW, AND MARK VISIT 

MARY IN BETHLEHEM Io8 

THE PATRIARCHS AND THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM VISIT 

MARY no 

MARY HEALS THE SON OF THE JUDGE 114 — 116 

DEATH OF MARY ANNO ALEX. 342 117 

THE JEWS BRIBE y6pH ANA TO CARRY OFF HER BODY .... i ig 

THE BURIAL OF MARY 121 

THE COMMEMORATION FESTIVALS OF MARY 125 

THE HISTORY OF THE OBSEQUIES OF MARY BY JOHN THE LESS . 126 
THE MIRACLES OF MARY :— 

1. THE HEALING OF THE WOMAN OF BEYRt>T l36 

2. THE HEALING OF nCtBKAR WHO WAS A LEPER i36 

3. THE HEALING OF AbIg^L iZj 

4. THE RIGHT EYE OF PAL6na IS RESTORED iSj 

5. TWO DEVILS ARE DRIVEN OUT OF THE LADY MALC6 ... l37 

6. THE HEALING OF THE MAN WITH ELEPHANTIASIS .... i37 
THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SICK FOLK ARE MADE 

WHOLE l38 

THE DISPUTE BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND JEWS 144 

THE MIRACLES OF MARY :— 

1. MARY SAVES NINETY- FIVE SHIPS FROM DESTRUCTION . . 154 

2. MARY DELIVERS TRAVELLERS FROM ROBBERS 1 54 

3. MARY SAVES A CHILD FROM DROWNING IN A WELL ... 1 54 

4. MARY HEALES A MAN WHO HAD BEEN SICK FOR TWENTY 
YEARS 154 

5. MARY SAVES A DROWNING CREW 155 

6. MARY SAVES A MERCHANT THREE TIMES FROM DROWNING 155 

7. MARY DELIVERS TWO WOMEN WHO WERE ATTACKED BY 

A SERPENT . 158 

8. MARY RESTORES A PURSE CONTAINING ONE THOUSAND 
DINARS TO ITS OWNER 158 

9. THE STORY OF ANDREW THE~SON OF ANDRONICUS. . 160 — 167 



CONTENTS. XVII 



PAGE 

u. The History of the Likeness of Christ which 

THE Jews of Tiberias made to mock at . . 171—246 

PHILOTHEUS SETS OUT ON HIS TRAVELS AND VISITS THE HOLY 

PLACES OF PALESTINE 173 

THE MESSENGER OF GOD EXPLAINS WHY THE COUNTRY HAD 

BEEN LAID WASTE 174 

THE JEWS HIRE A PAINTER TO PAINT A LIKENESS OF CHRIST 

UPON A PANEL OF WOOD 185 

THE JEWS SET UP THE LIKENESS IN THE TEMPLE AND MOCK AT IT 186 
A JEW PIERCES IT WITH A SPEAR AND BLOOD AND WATER 

FLOW FORTH FROM IT 186 

A BLIND MAN SMEARS SOME OF THE WATER AND BLOOD UPON 

HIS EYES AND IS MADE TO SE 187 

A PARALYTIC IS HEALED BY THE WATER AND BLOOD igS 

CONSPIRACY OF THE PRIESTS 194 

CONVERSION OF THE DOORKEEPER OF THE CHAMBER WHEREIN 

THE LIKENESS WAS PLACED I98 

THE LIKENESS IS TAKEN UP INTO HEAVEN 200 

THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM IS MADE WHOLE 201 

TUMULT AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO THREATEN TO FORCE THE 

DOOR OF THE CHAMBER WHEREIN THE LIKENESS WAS PLACED 204 

THE JEWS BRIBE THE GOVERNOR OF TIBERIAS 205 

THE PARALYTIC SEEKS HIS BROTHER JUDAH 2o6 

THE TWO BROTHERS ARE BAPTIZED 212 

THEY RAISE A YOUNG MAN FROM THE DEAD 214 

THEY CAST A DEVIL OUT OF A MAN 2l6 

JUDAH CASTS A DEVIL OUT OF A YOUNG WOMAN 223 

HE HEALS A SAMARITAN WOMAN 229 

JUDAH AND HIS COMPANIONS ARE CAST INTO PRISON 232 

THEY RESTORE THE SIGHT OF THE BLIND COUNCILLOR .... 236 

THEY RESTORE THE SIGHT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SON 24I 

CONVERSION OF THE GOVERNOR 244 

WARNED BY EUTYCHUS JUDAH AND HIS COMPANIONS LEAVE 

THE CITY 244 

THEY GO TO CILICIA WHERE THEY BUILD A MONASTERY AND 

DWELL 245 









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PREFACE OF THE SYRIAN TRANSLATOR. 



triy bretl^ren, wife men, anb men of unbcvilan^inQ, an^ 
men of Pnowle&ge, are wont to l^i&e tl^e treafuree wl^ic^ 
tl)ey lyavc lai& up from every man, anb alfo from tl^eir 
c^il^ren anb from tl^eir l^eire, ae long ae tl^ey are young 
c^il&ren. 2tn& tl^ue are tl^ey in tlyc l^abit of &oing in refpect 
of tl^eir c^iI^ren, even tl^ougl) tl^ey be tl^eir l^eire wl)0 l^ave 
tl^e e)rpectation of inl^eriting tl^eir poffefpone, until tl^ey 
l)ave become grown men, anb can enter into tl^e un^ers 
flan&ing of tl^inge wl^ic^ are written, anb Pnow I70W to 
[fcijlinguifl;] between goo& ant^ evil. 'Cl^en, at lengtl?, &o 
tl^ey reveal anb fl^ew unto tl^em tl)e treafuree wl^ic^ tl^ey 
l^ave lai^ up. ^n tlyie wife alfo l^atl) tl^e Creator, WI70 
ma&e ant> (lablifl)e& tl^e univerfe by ^ie grace, | acte& to- page 4 
war^e our mortal race in ^ie unfpeaPable wie^om, for ^e 
l^atl; ftrjl of all trained ue in doctrine liPe young c^itoren 
WI70 flu&y carefully tl^e alpl^abet, anb WI70 tl^en pafe on 
to tl)e Pfalme, from wl)ic^ tl^ey go on to tl^e otl^er 23ooPe 
of tl^e 23ible, anb tlycn to tl^e interpretation tl^ereof. Even 
tl)ue l^atl) (5o& acteb towar^e ue in ^ie wie&om. ^or 
aforetime ^e Ijib from ue tl^e treafure of l^eavenly life, 
wl)ic^ wae conceale^ by ^ie fnowle^ge bel^int) tl^e curtaine 
of ^ie trranl700^, wl^ic^ fprang from tl^e ^oufe of 3Davi^. 



• • • • •••••• 



•V- '• :/5*'.: •'*•*•: ipiBfAcA of the syrian translator. 

2In& ^e l7i& tl)e myflery of ^ie &iepenfation from every 
man. 23ut to tl^ofe wl^o were rigl^teoue, anb to tl^e Pro^ 
pl^ete, anb to tl^e Pinge WI70 were ^ie frien&e, ant^ WI70 
Pept ^ie comman&mente, ^e taugl^t it. 2In^ to tl^efe ^e 
fecretly gave (tgne by meane of &ivere vipone an& fun&ry 
(tmiIitu^ee, concerning tl^e treafure of t^e new life wl^ic^ 
VDM conceale^ in our mortal race, anb xotfid^ wae about 
to be re^>eaIe^ at tl^e en^ of timee, an^ from wl^ic^ botl; 
fpiritual an^ corporeal beinge were to be enric^e^ witl) 
poffefjtone wl^ic^ cannot be &efcribe^. 



BY THE MIGHT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WE BEGIN Page 3 
TO WRITE THE HISTORY OF OUR BLESSED LADY MARY, 
THE MOTHER OF CHRIST ^ O LORD, IN THY MERCY, 

HELP ME ! AMEN. 



And it came to pass that when the time which 
was decreed^ by the knowledge of God had arrived, 
He made the divine presence^ of His Godhead to 
abide in the house of a just and righteous man, whose 
family was descended from the House of David. Now 
this man was called Yonakhir, * and he was the son 
of Mathan (Matthan), the son of Eli'azar (Eleazar),^ 
of the tribe of Solomon, the son of David. And there 
was born unto Matthan, the son of Eleazar, | a son, page 5 
and he called him Jacob ; and Jacob, the son of Mat- 



^ B The holy Virgin, the Mother of Christ our Redeemer. 
{B = the Royal Asiatic Society's MS. containing the History of the 
Virgin Mary.) 

2 Literally, "cut". 

^ Syr. rtlli^x* u e,, n5''?tS>. According to the Rabbis the **Shechi- 
nah" represented the glorious majesty of the Almighty; but some of 
them called the Holy Spirit **Shechinah*', r^T'S^ l&nipn rrrh hv'^ yunp. 
See Eisenmenger, Entdecktes Judenthum, I, p. 268. 

^ /. e,, 'Twaxscpi., Joachim. 

^ See St. Matthew I. 15. 

1* 



THE HISTORY OF ZADOK AND HANNA. 



than, took a wife whose name was Asta, ' but he died, 
leaving behind him neither seed nor heir. Then Heli,^ 
the son of Mattath,-^ of the tribe of Nathan* the son 
of David, took his wife, and she bore him a son, who 
was called according to the Law, Joseph the son of 
Jacob, but who was in truth the son of Heli.^ And 
there was born unto Nathan, * the son of Eleazar, an- 
other son, and he called his name Yonakhir the son 
of Matthan; and God enriched him exceedingly with 
flocks and herds, and with possessions, and with great 
wealth, but he was childless. 

Now this^ man was of Bethlehem of Judah, and 
his name was Zadok, and the name of his wife /was 
Dina (Dinah); and they were both righteous before 
God, and they walked in all His laws of life. And 
this Zadok, who was surnamed Yonakhir, was a noble- 
man, and he was exceedingly rich, and he made of- 
ferings unto the Lord God of Israel, and said, "The 
"portion which I am bound by the Law to offer up 
"on my own behalf unto the Lord shall be an ofifer- 



1 Or Esta (?). 

2 See St. Luke III. 23. 

3 Var. Matathath. ' 
* Var. Matthan. i 
^ Joseph legally the son of David, rightly the son of Heli. | 
^ In B the text reads: — "And one day he had a matter of dispute 

"with one of his kinsmen who reproached Yonakhir by reason of his j 

"childlessness; and Yonakhir was exceedingly grieved, and he rose v 

"up and went to his house, being very sad and sorrowful; and he said 

"unto Dina his wife, Behold, all this house is left in thy hands," etc. 

The MS. A agrees with the Greek and Latin texts in attributing the . 

cause of YonakhiV's departure to the words of one Reuben, who might, I 

of course, have been a kinsman of his. 1 

» 

i 

I 

I 

i 



YONAKHtR AND THE PRIESTS. 



*4ng of propitiation for myself; this portion is more 
"than everything, therefore let it stand on behalf of 
*'the whole nation."' 

And- it came to pass that when the great day of 
the Lord drew nigh, and the children of Israel were 
offering up their offerings, Rubhil (Reuben)^ | came Page 6 
nigh unto Yonakhir and said, "Thou hast no power 
"to be the first to make thine offerings, for thou hast 
"no seed in Israel." And Yonakhir answered and 
said unto him, "Indeed I am one by myself, for I 
"have not stablished seed in Israel." And when he 
had made enquiries he found that all the righteous 
men had stablished seed in Israel; but he remembered 
the patriarch Abraham, unto whom in his last days 
God had given a son, that is to say, the son of pro- 
mise — Isaac* 

Then Yonakhir was sad, and exceedingly distress- 
ed, and he went down and entered into his house, 
being very sorrowful.^ And he said unto his wife 

' The Greek runs (see Tischendorf, Evangelia Apocryphaj 1876, 
p. i): — y,ai xpoae^sps Ta Swpa auTCu Sf^Xa, Xsy^v =V:ai tyj; '^rsptou- 
Gia^ {xou TravTi tw Xaco, y,al tc tt^; a^s^ew; {^.su xupwi) £?; iXa(7[JLbv £[jlo{. 
The point seems to be thai he gave away two thirds of his income, 
as we may see from the Pseudo- Matthew: — quascumque possidere 
videbatur tres partes faciebat: unam partem dabat vidiiis, orphanis, 
peregrinis atque pauperibus; alteram vero partem colentibus deum; 
tertiam partem sibi et omni domui suae reservabat. (See Tischen- 
dorf, op, city p. 54.) 

2 Pseudo-Matthew, Chap. II, begins here. 

^ Pseudo-Matthew has *'scriba templi nomine Ruben'\ 

* See Genesis XV. 4; XVII. 16; XVIII. 10; XXI. 2. 

^ In the Greek and Latin texts Joachim goes to the desert directly: 
•/.al cuy. s^avr^ tyj Yuvaiv.i auToO* aXX' e^wxsv sauTov v,(^ 'it^ spr^ixov x. 
T. X. **et non est reversus in domum suam, sed abiit ad pecora sua.'^ 



YONAKHtR GOES TO THE DESERT. 



' An inexact rendering of xal lorai (xou i^ euj^tj ^pC!>[i(x xal 7r6(Ji.a. 
For what follows in the Syriac of this Chapter the Greek has no equi- 
valent. 

2 The second Chapter of the Protevangelium of Jacob contains a 
conversation between Dina, who is, however, called "Avva, and her 
maid Judith. The maid wished her to put on festal attire in honour 
of the "great day of the Lord'', and to lay aside the garments of grief; 
and finally, she put off the garments of grief, and arraying herself in 
her bridal attire she went to walk in her garden. 

* Yonakhir left her for five months, and she says: — "Ecce enim 
"quinque menses transeunt et virum meum non video. Et nescio 
"utrum mortuus vsit, ut vel sepulturam illi fecissem." Pseudo-Matthew, 
Chapter II. 



Dina, "Behold, I leave all this house in thy hands;" 
and he left his wife, and went forth into a desert 
place. And he pitched an habitation there by him- ( 

self, and he fasted there forty days and forty nights, 
and made supplication unto God Almighty, saying, | 

"I will neither give sleep unto mine eyes, nor slum- 
''ber unto mine eyelids, until the Lord shall be re- 
**conciled unto me, and shall make my disgrace to 
"pass away from among the children of men; and 
"my prayer itself shall be unto me a consolation."^ 
And thus he remained forty days and forty nights in ; 

watching, and fasting, and prayer, and sighing, and 
weeping, and making supplication unto God. 

And Dina,^ the wife of Yonakhir, dwelt in grief, 
and she beat her breasts, saying, "It is meet that I 
"should weep, for among the daughters of Israel there 
Page 7 <<is none like | unto me; and in all the house of Jacob 
"there is no childless woman except myself. Even 
"Yonakhir, my own husband, has forsaken me^ and 
"fled from me, and among all created beings there 



DINAH'S GRIEF AND LAMENTATION. 



'4s none who resembleth me." And being in sore 
grief, she went forth with weeping and sighing into 
the garden which they had. And it came to pass that 
as she was walking about hither and thither in the 
garden, and was weeping bitterly, and sighing, and 
lamenting, she said, "O Lord God of my fathers, 
"bless me, even me, Thy sinful handmaiden, just as 
"Thou didst bless our mother Sarah, and didst give 
"her a son in her old age, even Isaac."' And these 
and many other such like things did she say as she 
wept with lamentation and tears, and she stretched 
out her hands [to heaven], for it was a grievously 
bitter thing unto her; and she made supplication 
unto God, and fixed her weeping eyes intently [upon 
heaven].^ And as she looked she saw in a tree a 
sparrows' nest wherein there were young birds and 
their mother was hovering about over them and giv- 
ing them food. And when she saw them she lifted 
up her voice with bitter sobs before the Lord, and 
she made entreaty unto Him, saying, "O Lord God, 
"what sin hath thine handmaiden sinned before Thee? 
"Or in what have my fathers done wickedly | in Thy Page 8 
"sight? For behold, I, even I, only am a reproach 
"in the house of Jacob, and a mockery in the house 
"of Israel. For the people make a mock of me, and 
"they treat me as a stranger, and they spurn me. 
"But though the children of men cast me away, it is 
"not meet that Thou, O Lord, shouldst cast me away 

' Protevangelium, Chapter II ends here. 

2 Protevangelium, Chapter III begins with the words, xai aTeviffaaa 
dq Tov oupavbv siSs xaXiav; there is no equivalent in the Greek text 
for much of the prayer which follows in the Syriac text. 



8 THE PRAYER OF HANNA. 

**from Thy face, for Thou art the hope of all those 
"who are about to perish, and the comforter of all 
* 'those who are afflicted; and all those who put their 
"hope in Thee, and trust in Thee, are never put to 
"shame. O Lord God, Thou great and mighty One, 
"Thy handmaiden is not even like unto this sparrow, 
"for behold, the bird hath young ones, and she is 
"fruitful, and bringeth forth, and giveth them food, 
"and reareth her young before Thee. O Lord God, 
"let not Thy handmaiden be before Thee like this 
"ground which is trodden upon by the feet of every 
"creature that Thou hast made ; yet even unto it hast 
"Thou in Thy grace given the power to conceive, 
"and to bring forth, and to make trees bearing fruit, 
"and to bring to maturity before Thee crops of grain 
"and herbs. And, moreover, behold the beasts, and 
"the things which creep, and the winged fowl, and 
"the birds, and everything which Thou in Thy grace 
"hast made, each according to its kind conceiveth, 
"and beareth, and bringeth its offspring to ma- 
"turity before Thee. O my Lord, why hast Thou 
"made me a woman? And why hast Thou made me 
"a reproach and a mockery unto all those who bring 
"forth children in Israel? And if it be, O my Lord, 
"that my sin and the sin of my fathers be great be- 
"fore Thee, do Thou pardon and forgive us by Thy 
Page 9 "grace. What | is the iniquity of all creation com- 
"pared with the overwhelming mercy of Thy grace? 
"And if our iniquity be great, and our sin much, 
"of Thy mercy* cast Thou both of them away from 



' Reading with B vylijj.l 



THE PRAYER OF HANNA. 



"Thee like a pebble into the sea. O Lord, hearken 
"Thou unto the prayer of Thy sinful handmaiden, and 
"cast Thou me not away from before Thee ; moreover, 
"accept the petition which I have brought unto Thee." 
And it came to pass that as her hands were 
stretched out to heaven, and as she was gazing in- 
tently at the nest and the young ones of the spar- 
row* which were therein, and was praying, and was 
saying these words and others like unto them, be- 
hold,- the angel of the Lord came unto her. And 
he answered and said unto her, "Peace be unto thee, 
"O woman, fear thou not, for thou hast found mercy 
"with the Lord, and He hath heard thy prayer, and 
"hath received thy petition; and His mercy hath par- 
"doned thee and been gracious unto thee. And from 
"now and henceforth thy name shall not be called 
"Dina, but Hanna, for the mercy of the Lord hath 
"been gracious unto thee. And He will give thee 
"conception, and thou shalt bring forth a child like 
"all [other] women. For behold, thou shalt conceive, 
"and shalt bring forth a daughter, and thou shalt 
"call her name Mary; from her shall spring the Light 
"of creation and Him for Whom the worlds wait, and 
"He shall be the consolation of His people Israel. 
"And behold, at the appointed time I will announce 
"to thy husband Yonakhir concerning thy conception, 
"and behold, he will return unto thee in great joy."-^ 

' See the variant text in Tischendorf's footnote {op, city p. 8) xal 
TauTa Xt^oMfjCf. a<^opi e!; zb SsvSpov, y.at 8£acra{jL£vrj (TupouObv, y,. t. X. 

* Protevangelium, Chapter IV begins here. 

^ The angel's speech is very much shorter in the Greek: — Itt^- 
xcuae xupio^ tyJc ^SY^fJSw^ (jou, y.ai guXXy^^^I^si xal '^^TrfiGZic^ xai XaXr^Ov^ffSTai 



lO HANNA TELLS HER GOOD NEWS. 

And Hanna answered and said unto the angel who 
Page 10 had spoken these things | unto her, "The Lord liveth, 
"and His word liveth ; whatsoever He giveth unto 
"me will I give that it may live before Him."* Then 
was the angel hidden from her sight; and she was 
full of grace. 

And she returned unto her house from the garden, 
being glad and rejoicing. Then the women who were 
with her there answered and said unto her, "Dina, 
"what is thy news? When thou didst go forth from 
"us thou wast weeping, but now thou art rejoicing 
"and dost laugh." And she made answer unto them 
with gladness, and spake unto them, saying, "[I re- 
"joice] because God hath been gracious unto me, 
"and because He hath visited me according to His 
"mercy. And He hath given me a message of glad 
"tidings by the hand of His angel, who hath said 
"unto me, *Thou shalt conceive, and thou shalt give 
"birth unto a child like all other women; and now, 
"henceforth thy name shall not be called Dina but 
"Hanna', ^ for His mercy hath been gracious unto me. 



Tb GTuepixa (jou sv SXy) tSJ otx,ou[ji.£VY]. In the Pseudo-Matthew it is shorter 
still, and is different: — Noli timere Anna, quoniam in consilio dei est 
germen tuum; *et quod ex te natum fuerit, erit in admirationem omni- 
bus seculis usque in finem. 

^ In the Greek l^f^ 7.6pio<; b Geo^ [jlou, sav Y^vvv^ffw sirs appsv site 
O^Xu, Tcpoai^w auTO Bwpov xup((i) to) Gsw (xou, xal ^'orai XsiTOupYoOv auTo) 
TwOtda^ Ta; r,[Lipaq vfiq ^w^q auTOu. For what follows in the Syriac of 

this paragraph the Greek has no equivalent. 

. 

^ The writer is here playing upon the root .jj "to be merciful", 

and the name Hanna rdljj which is explained to mean r<llii, u e,^ 
**mercy*'. 



yonAkhIr's return is announced. I I 

* 'Moreover, the angel gave me a sign and said unto 
"me, 'This shall be a sure sign unto thee. Behold, 
*'thy husband Yonakhir shall return unto thee from 
**his pastures'." 

And it came to pass that whilst she was saying 
these things unto the women who were with her in 
the house, behold, two | men came there from pastur- Page u 
ing their flocks, and they brought unto her a message, 
saying, ''Behold, thy husband Yonakhir cometh from 
"his pasture, for the angel of the Lord appeared 
"unto him where he was abiding and gave him a 
"message, saying, 'Rise up, O Yonakhir, the son of 
"Matthan, the son of David, and go to thy house, 
"for the Lord hath heard thy prayer, and He hath 
"received thy petition; and thy wife Dina shall con- 
"ceive like all other women. Therefore her name 
"shall not henceforth be called Dina, but Hanna; for 
"the Lord hath been gracious unto her, and hath put 
"away from her the reproach of the children of men'."* 
Then Yonakhir rose up and took from his flocks fat 
beasts for offering up by fire,^ and he -goats without 
blemish upon them, and he took also from his herd 
fat oxen which had never been under the yoke, and 
offered them up as offerings unto the Lord. 

' In the Greek the angel's speech is much shorter: — 'Iti)ax.£((Ji., 
'Ia)ax£{|JL, 67n^x,oua£ yiLpioq 6 6eb<; t^<; §£Y5ffe(i)<; ffou* Y.a-zd^trfii £vt£08£V 
iSou -^ap ii fuvT^ (jou "A-Vva £V '^dfrzpi X-^^e-zaL In the Pseudo-Matthew 
the conversation between Yonakhir and the angel is a long one, and 
differs considerably from that given in the Greek and Syriac texts. 
See Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter III (Tischendorf, op, at., p. 57). 

2 In the Protevangelium Yonakhir offers ten pure and spotless 
lambs unto the Lord, twelve calves for the priests and clergy, and 
one hundred goats for the people. 



12 THE MEETING OF HANNA AND YONAKHtR. 

And when he had come nigh his house,* behold 
Hanna his wife met him at the door. And when she 
saw her husband she ran to salute him with joy and 
laughter, and said unto him, "Rejoice and be glad, 
"O Yonakhir, for God hath put away my reproach 
"from among the children of men. And He hath given 
"unto me the power to conceive, and to bring forth 
"children like all other women; and blessed art thou 
"also, for the Lord hath become reconciled unto thee. 
Page 12 '*and He hath blessed thee. | And now I know that 
"God hath remembered me, and that He hath blessed 
"me, His handmaiden. For I was childless, but He 
"hath answered me even as He answered Sarah our 
"mother, unto whom He announced and gave Isaac; 
"to me likewise hath He given the power to con- 
"ceive and to bring forth children like all other wo- 
"men."^ Then Yonakhir went into his house and took 
his rest.^ 



>1.T3J} literally, "round about his house*'. According to 
Pseudo- Matthew, Yonakhir and his men took thirty days to come 
home from the mountains, (Cumque triginta dies ambularent et 
essent jam prope), and the angel of the Lord told Hanna to go to 
the "Golden Gate" [at Jerusalem] to meet her husband (Vade ad 
portam quae aurea vocatur et occurre viro tuo). In the Protevan- 
gelium Hanna seems to stand at the door of her house and not 
to have gone to Jerusalem, xai i3ou 'Ia)ax£l(x ^xe p^STOt twv -iroifJLVtwv 
auTOu, xal zavr^ "Avva Tzpoz tyjv -luiiXriV xai eTSs tcv 'Ia)ay,el{x £p5(6[JLevov, 

X. T. X. 

2 This long speech is based upon the Greek v5v oTSa 5ti xupio^ c 
Gcbg eliXo-^r^Gi (xs (j^oSpa* !Sob y^P "h YJ^ip^ c6y,£Ti x^P*? ^^^ "^i ^'f£>^vo; 
6V -^aazpl \-ii^o[},at.] Pseudo -Matthew is shorter still: — "Vidua eram, 
"et ecce jam non sum; sterilis eram, et ecce jam concepi.*' 

^ According to the Greek for the first day, avsxauaaTO ty;v TrpcoTTiV 
'^[jLspav. 



YONAKHtR AND HANNA GO UP TO JERUSALEM. 1 3 

And* it came to pass after a few days^ that he 
and Hanna his wife went up to Jerusalem to offer up 
offerings unto the Lord. And Yonakhir made a vow 
concerning himself, and said, **If the Lord God ap- 
*'peareth unto me at the time when the priest is offer- 
**ing up the offering on my behalf to the Lord, then 
"shall I know that God hath become reconciled unto 
**me, and that He hath put away^ my sins." Now 
when he had gone into Jerusalem, the priests receiv- 
ed him gladly, for he was a man of high degree and 
well known in Israel; and he was very rich and had 
goods and possessions in abundance, and when he 
went into Jerusalem much people came to do him 
honour and to visit him. 

And it came to pass, when the high priest drew 
nigh to offer up the offering on behalf of Yonakhir, 
that Yonakhir had his eyes fixed intently upon him, 
and he saw between his eyes (/. e., on his forehead)^ 
a little spot of light wherein was written, | "God Page i3 
"hath received thy sacrifices and thy offerings^ and 
"He hath heard thy prayer and thy supplication ; and 
"the Lord hath answered the petitions of thy heart 
"as concerning Dina thy wife, and hath put away 
"your reproach from among the children of men."* 
Then Yonakhir said unto himself, "Now know I that 
"the Lord God hath become reconciled unto me, and 



^ Protevangelium Chapter V begins here. 

^ The Greek has Ttj Se £7ra6ptov 7:pc(7£(5£pe lot owpa auToO. 

^ Read \ 



'* There is nothing like this in the Greek or Latin texts. The Greek 
has, 7,ai TzpOGsotpev Ta Swpa auTcO 'Iwaxslix y.al irpsssT/sv tw -KeTaXa) tou 
Upswc, (I)? i'^i^Ti sttI to Ouaiaom^piov xup^cu, y,al cut. sTSev a{i.apT{av £v iauio). 



14 THE BIRTH OF MARY. 



**that He hath put away my sins, and hath forgiven 
"my transgressions." So he went down from Jerusa- 
lem, having given to the full alms and oblations 
both to God and to the poor. 

And it came to pass that when the days of Hanna 
his wife were fulfilled that she should bring forth, she 
gave birth to a daughter, and called her name Mary. 
And Hanna said, "Blessed be my soul, and glory be 
"to the Lord God Who hath remembered me, and hath 
"put away for me my reproach from among the chil- 
"dren of men^" And^ when the days of her purifi- 
cation were accomplished, Yonakhir offered up an 
offering on her behalf. And he said unto Hanna his 
wife, "Blessed be the Lord Who hath given us this 
"blessed fruit, although it be not a male child; there- 
"fore let us give praise unto the Lord God, and re- 
"joice in Him, even as did Abraham and Sarah for 
"Isaac." So he offered up offerings on her behalf, and 
he gave gifts to the poor. 

And^ it came to pass that when the child was one 
year* old, her mother made her to stand upon the 
ground to see if she was able to walk or not; and 
having set her up there, the child stood up firmly, 
and walked to her mother's apron ^ And Hanna took 
her in her arms, and kissed her, and said, "As the 
"Lord God of Israel liveth, I will not let thee walk 

' In the Greek, e[j!.£YaX6v6T3 i, 4'^x^ M*®^ ^"^ '^ W^p^ TauTrj. 
2 For what follows in this paragraph the Greek has no equi- 
valent. 

^ Protevangelium Chapter VI begins here. 
'♦ In the Greek, YSVOiJLSvr^? ^k auT^? e^aiJLYjviabu. 
^ Gr, y.a\ Itutoc ^n^ixaTa TcepiTraT/^aaaa, 



YONAKHtR BIULDS AN ABODE FOR MARY. 15 



"upon this earth until I have taken thee up to the 
"temple of the Lord, even as | I vowed unto Him." Page 14 
And Hanna cried unto her husband Yonakhir and 
said unto him, "Build thou a chamber for Mary our 
"daughter, so that she may abide therein until she 
"hath grown somewhat, and we can carry her up to 
"Jerusalem, where she may dwell before the Lord, 
"even as we have promised unto Him." So Y6n§.khir 
her father built for his daughter a beautiful chamber 
wherein was a shrine;' and they strewed the ground 
with costly silken stuffs, saying, "She shall not walk 
"upon the earth until she hath gone up to the temple 
"of the Lord." ^ 

And it came to pass that when Mary was three ^ 
years old, Yonakhir her father made a great feast*, 
and he invited the priests, and the Levites, and much 
people thereunto ; and Hanni also invited many vir- 
gins from among the daughters of Israel, and she 
filled Mary's chamber with them. And they brought 
Mary to the seat where the priests were sitting that 
they might bless her; and the priests did bless her, 
and they spake, as in prophecy, saying, "The Lord 
"God of our fathers bless this maiden, and grant 
"unto her a noble, and exalted, and glorious name, 
"for ever and ever, throughout all generations; and 
"that from her may spring Him for Whom the na- 



^ Gr. xal i7co(Y](T£V oir(i(X(S[i,a sv tw xoitwvi ahvfiq. 

^ Evidently a reflection of Hanna's speech; there is nothing like it 
in the Greek. 

^ Gr. eY^vsTo ^k T:pmoq eviauTo^ vfi icaiSf. 

'* ruaOsy literally, **reception" ; the Greek has suofr^aev 'Iwoxslp. 



1 6 THE BIRTH OF MARY'S SISTER PAROGHITHA. 

'*tions wait." And [all] the people cried out, "Amen"/ 
Then Hanna her mother took the child, and went 
out praising and glorifying God, and saying, **Blessed 
**be the Lord God of Israel Who hath given unto 
''me the fruit of righteousness." And Mary continued 
to grow, and to become strong in the grace of God. 
Page 15 And' it came to pass that when Mary was ten 
years ^ old her parents said, "Let us take her up 
"to the temple of the Lord that she may dwell be- 
"fore Him, even as we have vowed";* but Dina her 
mother said unto Yonakhir her father, "Let us wait 
"until she knoweth herself,^ before w^e will take her 
"up^" Now, in those days Hanna conceived, and she 
brought forth a daughter, and called her name Par- 
oghitha {i. e. "pullet") saying, "Mary shall belong to 
"the Lord, and Paroghitha shall be a delight unto us 
"in her stead"; so Yonakhir and pjanna rejoiced in 
Paroghitha their daughter. 7 

And it came to pass that when Mary was twelve 
years ^ old, her parents invited seven virgins to go 

' Gr. Y^votTO Y^'^c^'^? a|-**Y5v. Hanna then, according to the Greek, 
took the child to the chief priests, and they also blessed her ; but for 
the text of this passage and that of her song of triumph in which she 
calls upon the Twelve Tribes of Israel to hear that Hanna giveth 
suck, the Syriac has no equivalent. 

2 Protevangelium Chapter VII begins here. 

^ Gr. Tyj §£ 7:ai5'. irpoaeTiOcVTO o\ (xr^vs? auTYj?. 

^ The Greek adds, ixy^ttw; aTuojTcstXYj 6 SscxoTr^c £^' Yj|ji.a(; x.ai axpo- 
(jSexTov Ysvr^Tai to Swpov r<[Ac5v. 

^ Read onzSd. 

^ Gr. ava|ji.£ivo)p.£v xb Tphov £to;, Sttw; (xy) ^r^TY5a£t r^ izoii^ iraTEpa y; 
[Ar^Tipa. 

^ There is no equivalent for this passage in the Greek. 

® Gr. 7,al £Y£V£To Tpi£TY;<; tq ^aic. 



THE PRIESTS CAST LOTS FOR MARY. I 7 

Up with them to Jerusalem, and they put lamps into 
the hands of each of them; and they took Mary up 
to the temple of the Lord. And the priests received 
Mary^ and the high-priest, as in prophecy, spake unto 
her, saying, *The Lord God of Israel shall bless thy 
**name, Mary, • for in thee hath He revealed the re- 
"demption of the Hebrew nation, and of the Gen- 
**tiles also in the last days.'" And God made grace 
and mercy to dwell in Mary, and the priests, and 
the Levites, and the people of Israel loved her; and 
they meditated upon her by day and by night. 

And^ the priests said unto each other, | "Come, Page 16 
"let us cast lots for Mary, and let us see unto whom 
"she shall belong." Now Mary was constant in prayer 
in the temple of the Lord, and one taught her the 
Law; and she was obedient unto the commandments 
of the Lord, and unto His judgments and His laws. 
So they cast lots for Mary, and the lot fell upon 
Zadok the priest; now Zadok was aged and, with 
Sham'i his wife, was full of days. And it came to 
pass that when the lot fell upon Zadok, the priests, 
and the Levites, and all who were there cried out, 
saying, "Righteous art Thou, O Lord, and Thy judg- 
"ments are most right." Then the high -priest said 
unto Zadok, "Behold, God hath given unto thee a 
"daughter according to the law, and thou hadst neither 
"son nor child. Behold, the Lord hath prepared for 
"you a daughter, that is to say, Mary; guard ye her 

' In the Greek no mention is made of the Gentiles. 

2 See Protevangelium, Chapter VIII, and Pseudo-Matthew, Chap- 
ter VI. For the greater part of this and the two following para- 
graphs the Greek has no equivalent. 

2 



I 8 DEATHS OF YONAKHIR AND HANNA. 

* 'diligently, and teach her to go into and to come 
''forth from the temple of the Lord." And Zadok and 
his wife Sham'i bowed down and worshipped, saying, 
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel Who hath been 
"pleased to do this thing for us." And they called 
Mary the daughter of Zadok, according to the law 
of the Lord, but she was rightly and strictly the 
daughter of Yonakhir by promise. 

Then Yonakhir gave much money unto Zadok the 
priest, that he might build a chamber for Mary like unto 
that which she had in her father's house. And he distri- 
buted many gifts among the poor in Jerusalem, for he 
Page 17 had much riches, I and he and his wife Hanna went down 
from Jerusalem to Bethlehem rejoicing, and they were 
full of gladness, having paid their just oblations to 
the house of the Lord. And they went up each year 
to the house of the Lord, and walked blamelessly. 

And it came to pass that when twelve years were 
ended, Yonakhir and his wife Hanna died. And his 
house and possessions were divided among those who 
were to inherit them, and they were distributed and 
gone; and when Mary was fourteen years old, Sham'i 
the wife of Zadok died also. 
y Then Zadok came unto the chief priests and said 
unto them, "Mary, the daughter whom the Lord 
"hath given me, hath become a woman, and I am 
"an old man and my wife is dead. Come now, let 
"us enquire of the Lord, and let us see what He 
"will say unto us concerning Mary, and whether we 
"shall give her in marriage or not." * Then the high- 

^ In the Protevangelium the priests hold a council to discuss 
Mary's future when she has lived in the temple for twelve years, and 



THE HIGH-PRIEST ASKS GOD CONCERNING MARY. 1 9 



priest* rose up and put on the apparel set apart for 
prayer,^ wherein the high-priest was wont to approach 
the Holy of Holies, and he prayed and entreated the 
Lord concerning Mary, saying, "What shall we do 
"with her?" And the angel of the Lord appeared 
unto the high -priest on the right side of the altar 
of incense, and he answered and said unto him, 
"Let the trumpet be sounded, and let the Hebrews | 
"who are in Jerusalem be gathered together, that Page i8 
"is to say, those of the tribe of Judah, and espec- 
"ially those of the house of David; and let Mary be 
"given unto the man in whom I shall shew the sign." 
And the high-priest went forth and said unto the 
people, "The Lord hath said. Let the trumpet be 
"sounded, and let the men of the tribe of Judah 
"and of the house of David be gathered together; 
"and let them come into the temple until it be full so 
"that they may see what the Lord saith concerning 
"Mary." 

And ^ it came to pass that when they were gather- 
ed together, Joseph was found with them; and as 
they were assembled, and were waiting to see what 
would take place, behold a snow-white dove went 
forth from the sanctuary, and alighted upon the top 
of Joseph's staff, and then flew upon his head, after 
which it went back and entered into the temple and 



it is they, and not Zadok, who ask the high-priest to enquire of the 
Lord concerning her. 

^ By name, Zacharias. 

2 Gr. Tbv Sti)8£y.ax,o)8a)va. 

^ See Protevangelium, Chapter IX, and Pseudo-Matthew, Chap- 
ter VIII. 

2* 



20 JOSEPH RECEIVES MARY FROM THE PRIESTS. 

into the sanctuary. Then the people ' cried out with 
a great cry, saying, "God is righteous in all His 
"ways. For there is no man here who is so closely 
"akin unto Mary as Joseph, and it is meet that she 
"should belong to him/' Now they did not know 
the mystery which was hidden in the matter. And 
Joseph was an old man, and he had a wife who was 
herself called Mary, and by her he had two sons, 
Jacob and Jose. And Joseph said unto the chief priests, 
"How is it possible for me to take this wife ? For I 
"am an old man, and my wife is the mother of sons 
Page 19 "and of daughters ."^ And the chief | priests answered 
and said unto Joseph, "This thing is from before the 
"Lord, and it is He Who hath set her apart and hath 
"given her unto thee; and among the children of Israel 
"there is none who is nearer in kinship unto her than 
"thou, neither by race, nor by family succession." 
Now Joseph was the son of Jacob, and the son of 
Matthan, of the one according to the law, and of the 
other according to what was true, and Mary was the 
daughter of Yonakhir, the son of Matthan ; thus Mary 
and Joseph were each the child of the other's uncle.^ 
So Joseph took Mary and brought her to his house, 
and stablished her dwelling-place therein. And he 

^ In the Greek the people are not mentioned, but the high-priest 
says to Joseph, ah /.sy-Xi^pwaai tTiV irapOevov >tup(ou xapaXapsTv £?<; TYJprjoriv 
eauTw: the Syriac here, as in other places, agrees generally with 
Pseudo-Matthew. 

^ Gr. \Aohq eyjiii xai -irpeapuTY)? £i(ji.(, auTTj 8s vsavi^* p.K^'Tra)? Tzepi-^ekot; 
Y£V(o(ji.ai Tot<; \Adiq 'lapaYJX. In answer to Joseph's objections Zacharias 
bids him remember how God punished Korah, Dathan, and Abiram 
for disputing His will. 

^ There is no equivalent for this passage in the Greek. 



DEPARTURE OF JOSEPH TO BETHLEHEM. 2 I 

answered and said unto her, "Behold now, thou hast 
"been reared in the house of the Lord, and the Lord 
"hath set thee apart, and hath given thee unto me. 
'*See thou, and dwell thou here, and guard thou thine 
"integrity whilst I go and finish the building which 
"I have begun; then will I come and take thee thither." 
And Mary answered and said unto him, "Let the will 
"of the Lord be fulfilled as concerning His hand- 
"maiden, and more than what she can possibly ask." 
So Joseph went to Bethlehem to finish the house 
which he had begun to build. 

And' it came to pass in those days that the chief 
priests wished to make a curtain {or veil) for the 
temple. And they sent and brought virgins^ to weave 
it, and they appointed Mary to help them to weave it;-^ 
then Mary rose up and went to the house of the Lord.* 

' Protevangelium Chapter X begins here. 

^ The virgins were seven in number, xai eupov sxra xapOsvou^. 
In Pseudo-Matthew the virgins are five in number, and they seem 
to have been given to Mary as companions until her marriage by 
the advice of Abiathar the high-priest, "Et respondens Abiathar 
"pontifex dixit, Virgines quidem ad solatium ejus dabuntur." Their 
names were Rebecca, Sephora, Susanna, Abigea, and Zahel. 

^ The seven coloured stuffs to be woven were to /pudbv xal 
TO d{JL{avTOV %<xi tt^v Pudaov xai to OYjpixbv %olk to uaxivOivov xal to y,6>t- 
xivov xal t))v dXrjOiVYjv xop^upav. According to Pseudo-Matthew the 
weaving of the purple came to Mary after lots had been cast to 
find out which colour each virgin should weave, and in consequence 
her companions, as in jest, began to call her "Queen of the 
virgins"; an angel appeared and rebuked them, on which they 
begged his forgiveness and asked him to pray for them. 

* In the Greek Mary is said to have taken the purple and 
scarlet and to have gone to her own house. At the end of the 
X*** Chapter it is stated that Zacharias, the high-priest, became 
silent, and that his place was fi[led by Samuel. 



22 THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL APPEARS TO MARY. 

Page 20 I And^ in the three hundred and third year of Alex- 

A 

ander, on the thirty -first day of the month Adar,^ 
on the first day of the week, at the third hour of 
the day, whilst Mary was sitting by herself in the 
great house of God, Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, 
appeared-^ unto her in the form of a venerable old 
man, so that she might not flee from him. And he 
said unto her, "Peace be unto thee, O thou wo- 
"man who art full of grace, our Lord is with thee, 
"O thou who art blessed among women!"* And when 
Mary saw Gabriel^ she was greatly disturbed and she 
meditated what this salutation might be. And the angel 
Gabriel answered and said unto her, "Fear thou not, 
"O Mary, for thou hast found grace and mercy with 
"God. Behold, I announce unto thee tidings of a 
"great joy, the Lord having sent me unto thee so 
"to do. And behold, thou shalt receive conception, 
"and thou shalt bear a son, and thou shalt call his 
"name Jesus. And this thy son shall be great." ^ And 
Mary answered and said unto the angel, "How can 
"this thing be? And how can I bear a son seeing 
"that I have known no man?"^ And the angel an- 

^ See Protevangelium, Chapter XI, and Pseudo-Matthew, Chap- 
ter IX. 

2 For if^rCiD, read i.irC^a. 

^ Accordin|r to the Greek, Mary had taken a water jar and 
gone forth to draw water when she heard the angel's voice. 

* In the Greek, Mary, having looked to the right and the left 
for the voice, goes back to her house, sets down the jar, and 
having taken the purple to cover herself, sits down upon her seat. 

^ Gr. aYyeXo^ xup(ou. 

^ There is no equivalent for this sentence in the Greek. 

^ Gr. s! £^0) auXXv^^^ofxai airb >tup(ou 0£ou I^wvto^, tm y^vvy^^o) ox; 
•jraaa yuvyj yswa. 



THE PROPHECY OF THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL. 2 3 

swered and said unto her, **The Holy Spirit shall 
*come, and the power of the Highest shall over- 
*shadow thee; therefore he that shall be born of thee 
'shall be holy; and the child shall be called the son 
*of the Highest." ' And Mary answered and said unto 

the angel, "A thing like unto this, that is to say, 
'virgins | giving birth unto children without union Page 21 
*with man, hath never been heard of from the days 
*of the beginning of the world." 

And^ Gabriel answered and said unto her, **The 
'prophets prophesied concerning thee in the spirit, 
*and concerning thy bringing forth did they speak 
*in their revelations. Moses, the first of the prophets, 
'depicted the type of thee by means of the rock 
'from which he made water to flow down,^ and 
'Aaron the priest by means of the rod which he 
'made to blossom ; ^ and Jeremiah called thee the 
'woman-earth;^ and Gideon surnamed thee the fleece^ 
'which received the dew from on high; and Daniel 
'taught the mystery of thee by means of the rock 
'which he saw and which had been hewn from the 
'mountain without hands ; ^ and Isaiah spake openly 
'of thee, saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and 
'shall bear a son, and his name shall be called Im- 

^ The Greek adds xai xaXeasi^ to Svofxa aOxou *fr)aoOv • (xhibi; yap 
GiOGei Tov Xabv auTOu d^rb twv dfxapTiwv a^Twv. 

^ The following paragraph has no equivalent in the Greek and 
Latin texts. 

3 See Numbers XX. 8— 11. * See Numbers XVII. 

^ The variant reading is r^i::Lknl (<l^lf^, literally, "perforated 
earth". The allusion seems to be to the words of Jeremiah XXXI. 
22. . f^in^ »nnMA\ r^if\n,m . «l^irCa f^^.T)j rdi^o f^ia.i 

® See Judges VI. 37 — ^39. ^ See Daniel II. 35 — 45. 



24 THE JOY OF MARY AND HER SONG. 

"manuel." Moreover, this shall be a sign unto thee 
'*in thy days: thy kinswoman Elizabeth, even she, 
"shall conceive a son, and she shall give birth unto 
"him in her old age ; and behold she is now in 
"her sixth month. And from thee the True Light 
"willeth to rise upon the world." And Mary an- 
swered and said unto Gabriel, "Behold, I am the 
"handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according 
"to thy word."- 

Then straightway great joy dwelt in Mary, and all 
her body was glorified and became like light. And 
at that moment Mary saw the angelic hosts glorify- 
ing God, and ascribing praise unto herself, and pro- 
claiming hope for mortals. And their hosts came round 
Page 22 about Mary | like the troops and horsemen of a king 
when he cometh and taketh up his abode in his pa- 
lace; and, having followed in his train to the pa- 
lace, then return from the door thereof with joy and 
gladness. And when Mary saw them, great fear and 
joy came upon her, and she began to glorify God 
in the Hebrew tongue, saying, "Praise be unto the 
"Lord of the world and of created things. Who, though 
"the earth is full of the daughters of kings, hath 
"chosen to make His habitation in the poor abode 
"of His handmaiden and hath willed that light shall 
"rise upon the world out of her sinfulness;"^ and 



' See Isaiah VII. 14. 

^ Protevangelium Chapter XI ends with the words yevotTo (xoi 
xaxa TO pYJjJLoc aou. 

^ There is no equivalent for the above in the Greek. Prot- 
evangeliura Chapter XII begins with the words Kal £xo(Y;aev tyjv 
TCop^upav xal TO xoxxivov, xai (XTm^YaYsv tw kpsT. 



MARY'S VISIT TO ELIZABETH. 25 

she ceased not to glorify her Lord continually. And 
besides being constant in her praise, she worked al- 
ways at the curtain {or veil), which the high-priest 
had delivered unto her. And when she had finished 
it, she carried it to the temple to the chief priests, 
who blessed her, and said unto her, "The Lord thy 
"God shall magnify thy name, and shall make thee 
"to be a woman blessed among all the families of 
"the earth." And Mary returned to her house in 
great joy. 

And it came to pass that Mary sent unto Joseph 
at Bethlehem, saying, "I wish to see Elizabeth my 
"kinswoman"; and Joseph gave her his consent for 
her to go, and taking her women with her she went 
there.' And it came to pass that when she went in 
to Elizabeth, and saluted her, John leaped in Eliza- 
beth's womb, and did homage to his Lord. And 
Elizabeth answered and said unto Mary, "Peace be 
"unto thee, O blessed woman, thou bearer of great 
"riches, for behold, as soon as thy salutation fell 
"upon my ears the child leaped in my womb; 
"blessed be thou who art held to be worthy of such Page 23 
"a gift." And Mary began to praise the Lord her 
God, saying, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and 
"my spirit hath rejoiced in God Who giveth me life, 
"and Who hath regarded the lowliness of His hand- 
"maiden;"^ and the two women, Mary and Elizabeth, 

' No mention of Joseph's permission being asked is made in 
the Greek, which reads, yjxpkv §£ Xa^oOaa Mapiafx OLiziei izpoq 'EXt- 
aap£T. 

2 In the Greek Mary says, i:ic, eifjii £Y^? x^pis, Sxi Tuacat at Y^vsai 



26 THE RETURNE OF JOSEPH FROM BETHLEHEM. 

began to glorify the Lord. And Mary abode with 
Elizabeth for about three months/ 

And Elizabeth began to persuade Mary, saying, 
"Rise up, and get thee to thy house, for it is im- 
"possible for thee to stand and to minister unto me 
"whilst I am ill in childbed, and it is impossible for 
"the mother of the servant to sleep upon a bed whilst 
"the mother of the Lord standeth ministering unto 
"her. Rise up, and get thee to thy house, and do 
"honour to the gift which hath come unto thee; for 
"nothing which is created can abide it." So Mary 
rose up and returned to her house with the hope of 
the gift which she bore. 

And^ it came to pass, when it was the fifth month -^ 
with Mary, that Joseph came from his village Bethle- 
hem, having finished the building of his house.* And 
when he saw that Mary was with child, he began to 
rub his hands together, and to smite his face, and 
to weep bitterly, saying, "Woe is me, for how can 
"I look up to the Lord God, and with what coun- 
"tenance can I behold the children of Israel? I took 
"thee,^ O Mary, a virgin from the house of the Lord, 
"but I have not guarded thee; behold, through that 
Page 24 "of which I never had any fear at all | I have fallen 

' Protevangelium Chapter XII ends with the statement that as 
the child grew Mary became greatly afraid, and went home and 
hid herself from the children of Israel ; at this time she was six- 
teen years old. 

2 Protevangelium Chapter XIII begins here. 

^ Gr. '£y£V£TO 5s auTY) exTO^ i^k^v. 

* f^i^^lAS is a large house, or palace. 

^ Gr. Ti §£ su^ofjiai irspl t^c x6pY;(; Ta6Tr^^5 ^^^ irapOsvov irapsXapov 

aUTTjV, %. T. X. 



JOSEPH REPROACHES MARY. 27 



"into trouble. Who is it that hath led thee astray, 
"O pure virgin, and hath corrupted thee, and hath 
"destroyed thee, and hath wrought this wickedness 
"in thee? and who hath led captive thy mind?"' And 
Joseph continued to chide Mary, saying, "Who hath 
"led thee astray in such wise that thou hast forgotten 
"the covenant which thou didst stablish with me be- 
"fore the Lord?"' Then Mary answered and said 
unto Joseph with tears, "As the Lord God of Israel 
"liveth, I am pure, and no man hath known me." 
Then Joseph answered and said unto her, "And this 
"which is in thy womb, whence is it? For behold, 
"thou art big with child.^ If"^ I hide this matter con- 
"cerning thee it will be a sin unto me ; and if I reveal 
"it unto the children of Israel I fear lest they stone 
"thee, and lest I shall find that I have delivered inno- 
"cent blood to the judgment of death. What I shall 
"do I know not. To leave thee and to flee would be 

' In the Greek Joseph is made to compare himself unto Adam, 
for just as in the hour of Adam's glory the serpent came and 
finding Eve alone seduced her, so some fiend has come and led 
Mary astray during his absence. 

2 Read rdT^^O 71.TD. The variant Syriac text has, "Which I 
stablished with thee when thou wert pure, and thou wast reared 
in the house of the holy of holies of the Lord/' The Greek has 
fj avaxpa^eiaa dq Ta (Syia twv ayftov, x. t. X., so we must read iusi^f^o 
instead of iu:99l^f^o. 

^ In the Greek Joseph's speech ends here, and Mary answers, 
Zpri >t6pio<; 6 Bso^ |i,ou xaOoxi oh Ytva)ay,a) ttoOsv sotiv [xoi; thus ends the 
Chapter. See Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter X, wherein Mary's com- 
panions vouch for her spotless conduct, saying, "Nam custodita 
"est a deo, semper in oratione nobiscum permansit; cotidie cum 
"ea angelus domini loquitur, cotidie de manu angeli escam accipit. 
"Quomodo fieri potest ut sit aliquod peccatum in ea?" 

^ See Protevangelium Chapter XIV. 



28 THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL APPEARS TO JOSEPH. 

"a reproach unto me in Israel; but leave me, [and 
'*take] what thou shouldst take [with thee] and depart 
"in peace, and the secret shall not be revealed by me." 
And Joseph continued to chide Mary with these words, 
and with many others like unto them, until the night 
Page 25 came on. | And when Joseph had fallen asleep in 
the night by reason of the anxious thoughts which 
he had in his mind, that is to say, what he should 
do with Mary, and whether he should send her 
away or not, behold, the angel Gabriel appeared 
unto him and said unto him, "Joseph, son of David, 
"be not doubtful concerning Mary thy betrothed.' 
"For behold. He for Whom the eyes of all created 
"things look, and whose advent they await, hath made 
"his habitation in Mary thy betrothed.^ And, Joseph, 
"canst thou not believe this? The priests, and the 
"kings, and the prophets, and the governors of Is- 
"rael waited in the expectation of seeing Him among 
"their daughters and sisters, but they saw Him not. 
"Wilt thou, then, be in doubt concerning Mary thy 
"betrothed? Wilt thou not hearken unto what Isaiah 
"saith in his prophecy,^ 'Behold, the virgin shall 

' In B^ "Why is thy mind doubtful concerning Mary?" 
^ In B^ "Behold, Him for Whom the righteous men were looking, 
"and Whom prophets and priests waited to see in their houses, — 
"but they saw Him not, and were not held to be worthy to see 
"Him — hath gone unto thy poverty and hath entered in and taken 
"up His abode there. And thou, Joseph, the son of David, art 
"angry with Mary because she hath been held to be worthy that 
"He Whom the nobles, and governors, and kings of Israel, ex- 
"pected to see in their houses or among their sisters, should enter 
"into thy betrothed and make His abode therein, and dost blas- 
"pheme." 

^ Isaiah VII. 14. 



THE PRIESTS ASK JOSEPH CONCERNING HIS MARRIAGE. 2 9 

**conceive, and shall bear a son, and his name shall 
'*be called Emmanuer? Behold now, He hath made 
"His abode in thy betrothed. Rejoice and be glad, | 
**and pay honour [unto Him] even as a servant payeth Page 26 
"honour unto his master, so that thou mayest not be 
"a stranger unto the treasury of life which hath made 
"its habitation in thy betrothed."* And when Joseph 
woke from his sleep, he did homage unto Mary, and 
he besought her forgiveness, and said unto her, "In 
"very truth thou art Mary;" and from that night on- 
wards she was like the light in his sight.^ 

And^ when the morning had come, Joseph went 
out to pray in the temple, for he was a famous man 
among the children of Israel. And when the priests 
saw him they called unto him, and said, "Joseph, 
"what hast thou done? Thou hast taken Mary to 
"wife and hast not called us to the wedding feast." 
And Joseph said unto the priests, "I know not what 
"ye say." Then the priests sent and brought Mary, 
and the high-priest said unto her, "What is this that 
"thou hast done? Thou wast brought up in the Holy 
"of Holies of God, and thou hast heard the sound 
"of the angels' praises three times." And Mary an- 
swered and said with tears, "As the Lord God of 

' In the Greek the angel's speech is very much shorter. 

2 A very free rendering of xal eipuXaaaev duTi^v. 

^ See Protevangelium, Chapter XV. In the Greek the scribe 
Annas comes to Joseph's house to enquire why he has not ap- 
peared at the meeting of the priests, and Joseph excuses himself 
on the ground of fatigue; the scribe then seeing Mary perceives 
that she is with child, and goes straightway and reports the matter 
to the priests, who despatch messengers to enquire into the truth 
of the scribe's report. 



3o JOSEPH DRINKS THE WATER OF TRIAL. 

"Israel liveth, I am pure, and no man hath at any 
"time known me." And the high-priest, after the 
manner of prophecy, said unto her, "Art thou, then, 
"about to give birth unto the Messiah? But how can 
"we believe thy words? For thou art great with child, 
Page 27 "and yet thou sayest, | *No man hath known me.' 
"Thou and Joseph have hidden the day of your mar- 
"riage from the priests of the Lord. But I know that 
"it is not thou who hast done amiss, and that it is 
"Joseph who hath done this thing." And Mary said 
unto the high-priest, "As the Lord liveth, I have not 
"known any man carnally, neither Joseph nor any 
"other man." Then the high -priest said unto her, 
"Thou liest; for thou sayest 1 know not man', and 
"yet thou art great with child." 

Then* the priests said unto the high priest, "The 
"judgment is hidden from men; make them drink the 
"water of trial, and thus seek out the matter ; and it 
"will make their sins to rebuke them before the chil- 
"dren of men." So they made Joseph to drink of the 
water first of all, and they took him up to the moun- 
tain,^ and brought him down again; and he was un- 

' See Protevangelium, Chapter XVI. In the Greek the priest 
calls upon Joseph to restore the virgin whom he had taken from 
the temple of the Lord, and it is he who makes the offer to drink 
the water of trial xoTtw 6(ji.a<; to uSwp t^<; eXeY^so)^ y.up(o'j. 

2 Gr. xai £7U£|ji.^];£V a^TOV £'I^ ty;v cp£iVK5v. In Pseudo- Matthew, 
Chapter XII, no mention is made of the going to the mountain, 
but the person who had drunk the water was obliged to walk 
seven times round the altar in the Temple, after which God 
would make a sign to appear in his face. **Vocatus est autem 
**et Joseph ad altare, et data est ei aqua potationis domini: quam 
"si gustasset homo mentiens et septies circuisset altare, dabat deus 
**signum aliquod in facie ejus. Cum ergo bibisset securus Joseph 



MARY DRINKS THE WATERS OF TRIAL. 3 I 

injured, and was sound and well. Then the priests 
said unto Mary, "Reveal the truth; but if thou wilt 
"not do so, then thy blood be upon thine own head." 
And Mary said, "He who knoweth hidden things 
"knoweth that I know not man;" and the priests said, 
"Of what advantage is this vain labour to us? Let 
"us make her drink the water of trial, and judgment 
"shall come by the hand of God, and not by our 
"hands." So they made her to drink the water, and 
they took her up to the mountain, and they brought 
her down again; and she was sound and well. Then 
all the people cried out and said, "In very truth God 
"hath wrought a new thing in our days. A woman 
"who hath not known man is great with child, and ^^s^ 28 
"yet is innocent in the judgment before God." ' And 
the fear of Mary came into the hearts of many, and 
Joseph ministered unto her as a servant. 

And' it came to pass in the three hundred and 
fourth year of Alexander^ that the registration [or- 
dered by] Caesar Augustus took place, wherein every 
man was to register himself in his country, and in 
his city; and Joseph took Mary^ to go to his city 



et girasset altare, nullum signum peccati apparuit in eo." On the 
** water of jealousy'* see Numbers V. ii flf. 

^ In the Greek the priest dismisses them with the words, d 
x6pto<; 6 Qeoq oux, ^(pavspwce Tot ajJLapnfJfxaTa 6p.u)V, ob^k eyw xpivw uixdtq. 
^ See Protevangelium, Chapter XVII. 
^ In the Greek no date is given for the registration. 
* In the Greek Joseph is puzzled how to inscribe Mary, TauTYjv 

[jLOfJiai. aXXa ©'j^aT^pa; dXX' ol'Saaiv iravTe; ot ulol 'lapatjX 5ti out, eaxi 
{^.ou 0uYaTY;p. In the end he sets her upon an ass and sends her 
on before, whilst he and Simon follow behind. 



32 THE PAINS OF TRAVAIL SEIZE MARY. 



Bethlehem. And as he and Mary were journeying 
along the road, he saw that Mary's face was some- 
times sad, and sometimes glad. And Joseph answered 
and said unto Mary, 'What aileth thee, O Mary?" 
And Mary said unto Joseph, "O Joseph, I see two 
"distinct things which are full of wonder for me. I see 
"the nation of Israel, which though being in the light, 
"weepeth and mourneth, and I see that it is like unto 
"a blind man that seeth not the sun. And I see the 
"Gentiles, who are uncircumcised, and who dwell in 
'"darkness, and I see that light springeth up upon 
"them and round about them; and behold, they re- 
"joice and are glad, even as is the blind man whose 
"eyes have been opened and he seeth the light." ' 

And it came to pass that when they drew nigh 
unto Bethlehem, Mary said unto Joseph, "Joseph, the 
Page 29 "hour I for my giving birth hath come, and the pains 
"of childbirth will not let me reach the city; come, 
"let us go into this cave."^ Now, it was the time of 
sunset when they entered the cave. And Joseph ran 
to bring a woman to be with Mary,^ but behold, whilst 

' Mary's answer is much shorter in the Greek. See also Pseudo- 
Matthew, Chapter XIII; where we have, "Duos poputos video ante 
"me, unum flentem et alium gaudentem.'' Joseph having answered 
somewhat abruptly, "Sede et tene te in jumento tuo et noli super- 
**flua verba loqui," is rebuked by an angel. 

2 See Protevangelium, Chapter XVIII. 

^ Gr. y.ai s^eXOtov st^Y^TSt jxaTav 'EPpa(av. As Joseph was going 
about seeking for the woman he saw the pole of heaven stand- 
ing still, and the upper heights of heaven astonished, and the birds 
stopping in full flight. And workmen were sitting at their table 
but not eating; those with food in their mouths swallowed it not, 
and those who had their hands raised to their mouths kept them 
still in mid-air. The sheep were scattered about in the fields, 



JOSEPH AND THE MIDWIFE. 33 

he was running, it happened that a certain old He- 
brew woman was on her way down from Jerusalem 
to Bethlehem. And Joseph said unto her, "Come, thou 
"blessed old woman, and go into this cave wherein 
"there is a woman who is giving birth unto a child," 
And when the old woman and Joseph had gone into 
the cave, the sun had set, and they had nothing in 
the cave [to give them light].* But when they had 
gone in, they saw that the cave was full of light, 
like [that of] the sun, and that Mary was giving her 
child suck — now he had been wrapped in swaddling- 
clothes and had been laid in a manger.^ And whilst 
they were wondering at the light, certain shepherds 
came and made a great fire, and the heavenly hosts 

but were standing still; and when a shepherd lifted his staff to 
smite them his hand remained in the air motionless. The goats 
also stood on the edge of the stream with the water touching 
their mouths, and yet they drank not. There is no equivalent in 
the Syriac for these statements. 

' Compare Pseudo- Matthew, Chapter XIII, "et praecepit de- 
"scendere de animali Mariam et ingredi in speluncam subterraneam, 
"in qua lux non fuit unquam sed semper tenebrae, quia lumen diei 
**penitus non habebat. Ad ingressum vero Mariae coepit tota spe- 
*'lunca splendorem habere, et quasi sol ibi esset ita tota fulgorem 
"lucis ostendere; et quasi esset ibi hora diei sexta, ita speluncam 
"lux divina illustravit; nee in die nee in nocte lux ibi divina de- 
"fuit quamdiu ibi Maria fuit". 

2 In the XIX*** Chapter of Protevangelium two midwives are 
mentioned, and one of them is called Salome; in Pseudo-Matthew 
(Chapter XIII) Joseph is said to have brought two who were 
called Zelomi and Salome. Zelomi declares to Salome that a vir- 
gin hath brought forth a child (xapOevoi; e^evvYjaev S 06 x^P^'^ 'h 
96atv auT^(; — virgo concepit, virgo peperit, virgo permansit), but 
Salome will not believe it; and when she goes into the cave to 
Mary, and touches her with her hand, her hand is straightway 
burnt off from her body. Salome then prays to God Who sends 



34 THE ANGEL'S MISSION TO PERSIA. 

appeared, singing hymns and praising God.* Now 
at that moment the cave became a type of the Church 
which is above, for the mouths of beings of fire, and 
the lips of beings of earth were praising and cele- 
Page 3o brating the birth of the Messiah. | And when the old 
woman saw the wonderful thing which had been 
wrought, she cried out and said, "I praise the God 
**of Israel, for mine eyes have this day seen a great 
'^wonder in the birth of the Redeemer of all."^ 

And on that night a Watcher^ was sent into Per- 
sia, and he shewed himself unto the Persians in the 
form of an exceedingly brilliant star, which lit up the 
whole region of their country. Now all the people 

His angel to her and tells her through him to go to the Child 
and to take Him in her arms; she does so and her hand is straight- 
way made whole. Solomon of Basra mentions Salome only, and 
says, **'rhe heretics say that she was called Hadyok, but they err 
from the truth*' (see m^ Book of the Bee y p. 80); but elsewhere we 
are told that Hadyok was the name of her son, the dealer in un- 
guents and spices (see Payne Smith, Thesaurus^ Col. 1202, at the 
foot). The MS. B says that the old woman who was going down 
from Jerusalem to Bethlehem was a Samaritan f^^isub (see p. 29, 
note 7). 

' Compare Pseudo- Matthew, Chapter XIII. **Nam et pastores 
**ovium asserebant se angelos vidisse in medio nocte hymnum dicen- 
"tes, deum caeli laudantes et benedicentes," etc. According to 
Solomon of Basra the names of the shepherds who entered the 
cave were Asher, Zebulon, Justus, Nicodemus, Joseph, Barshabba, 
and Jose; Book of the Beey p. 81. A great fiery star also stood over 
the cave from the evening until the morning, the like of which 
for size had never been seen since the beginning of the world. 

^ On the third day after the birth of Christ Mary left the cave 
and brought Him into a stable where an ox and an ass worshipped 
Him; see Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter XIV. 

^ "Watchers" is the name given to a class of angels; sec 
Duval, Bar Bahluky Col. 1432. 



~.j. ,. 



THE FIERY STAR IN PERSIA. 35 

of Persia were celebrating a great festival, wherein 
they were worshipping the fire and the stars, on the 
twenty-fifth day of the first Khanun, ' which is the day 
of the festival of the birth of Christ; and all the Ma- 
gians were arrayed in their festal apparel, and they 
were proudly celebrating their festival, when suddenly 
a great light shone upon them. And they left their 
kings, and their feasting, and their pleasures, and 
their houses, and they went forth to see what the 
light was; and they saw a fiery star,^ which was like 
unto the great sun in its light, standing over Persia. 
Then their kings cried out unto their priests, saying, 
"What is this sign which we see?" And involuntar- 
ily they answered, as in prophecy, saying, **The 
**King of kings | is born, and the God of gods, and Page 3i 
**the Light of light. And this star is one of our gods 
**who hath come to inform us concerning His birth, 
"so that we may go and offer unto Him offerings, 
"and pay homage unto Him." And all the governors, 
and the judges, and the generals said unto their 
priests, "What offerings are meet to go with us?" 
And the priests said unto them, "Gold, and myrrh, 
"and frankincense." So three men, who were kings,^ 

^ /. e,f J^'^\ oV^ = December; the latter Khanua ^'^\ ^^^\S = 
January. 

^ According to the **Cave of Treasures'' a star appeared unto 
the Magi two years before Christ was born; within it was a maiden 
carrying a child with a crown upon his head. Another legend 
says that the star was like an eagle having within it the form of 
a young child, and above him the sign of the cross. See Sandys, 
Christmas Carols, p. LXXXIII fF. ; Bezold, Schatzhohle^ p. 56; and my 
Book of the Bee, p. 83. 

^ According to Solomon of Ba^ra twelve Persian kings brought 
offerings. Zarwandad, Hormizdad, Gushnasaph, and Arshakh brought 

3* 



36 THE OFFERINGS OF THE PERSIANS. 

and sons of the kings of Persia, took, as in a my- 
stery, one three pounds of myrrh, and another three 
pounds of gold, and another three pounds of frankin- 
cense; and having arrayed themselves in their costly 
apparel, with their crowns on their heads, and their 
treasures in their hands, they went forth from their 
country at cock-crow, along with the nine men who 
were with them. And they began to travel along the 
road, and to follow after the star which had ap- 
peared unto them, when that same angel who took 
from Jerusalem [to Babylon] the prophet Habakkuk,^ 
and who carried food to Daniel the prophet when he 
had been cast into the den of lions in Babylon, by the 
power of the Holy Spirit carried the kings of Persia 
Page 32 to Jerusalem. They set out from Persia | at cock-crow, 
and at day-break they entered into Jerusalem. And 
they asked the people of Jerusalem, saying, "Where 
"was the King born? for we have come to see Him." 
And* when the people of Jerusalem saw them, they 
trembled and were afraid, and they carried a report 

gold; Zarwandad, Iryaho, Artahshisht, and Ashton'abodan brought 
myrrh; and Meharok, Ahshiresh, Sardalah, and Merodach brought 
frankincense. See Book of the Bee, p. 85. 

^ The allusion is to Bel and the Dragon, vv. 33 — 39, according 
to which Habakkuk, who was in Judea, had made pottage and 
broken bread in a bowl to take to the reapers. The angel of the 
Lord met him and told him to take the food to Daniel in Baby- 
lon, and when he replied that he had never seen Babylon, and 
did not know where the den of lions was, the angel took him by 
the hair of his head and set him in Babylon over the den. When 
Daniel had eaten the angel set Habakkuk back in his own place. 
This story is also repeated by Pseudo-Dorotheus and Pseudo-Epi- 
phanius, and by other writers who copied from them. 

2 See Protevangelium, Chapter XXI. 



HEROD TALKS WITH THE PERSIAN KINGS. 



37 



ti'i 



of them to Herod the king. And Herod the king 
sent and called the kings of Persia, and had them 
brought in before him, and he asked them, saying, 
"Whence are ye? Whence have ye come? Whom seek 
'*ye?" And they made answer, saying, "We seek the 
"king who is born in Judea, in the district of Jerusa- 
"lem, for one of our gods gave a sign to us and told 
"us concerning his birth, so that we might offer unto 
"him offerings and homage." Then at the sight of the 
sons of the Persian kings was Herod afraid, for he saw 
them with their crowns upon their heads, and their 
treasures in their hands, and [knew that] they were 
seeking for the king who had been born in Judea. 
And Herod and every one who was with him trem- 
bled at the sight of the sons of the kings, and he 
said, "The power of the king who moved you to 
"come to do honour unto him is great, and indeed, 
"he must be a king, and the king of kings; go ye 
"and seek him, and when ye have found him, come 
"and shew me, that I also may go and do homage 
"unto him." And Herod, having formed in his heart 
the evil design of killing the king | whilst he was a Page 33 
child, and the kings of Persia with him, said, "Behold, 
"all creation is subject unto me." 

Then the kings went forth from his presence, and 
they saw the star going on before them until it came 
and stood above the cave; and then the star chang- 
ed itself and became like unto a pillar of light that 
reached from the earth to the heavens. And they 
went into the cave, and they found Mary, and Joseph, 
and the Child, wrapped in swaddling-clothes and laid 
in a manger; and they did homage unto Him, and 



'/ 






38 RETURN OF THE KINGS TO PERSIA. 

offered their offerings,' and they saluted Joseph and 
Mary. And Joseph and Mary were wondering at the 
three kings of Persia, for with their crowns upon 
their heads they were kneeling upon their knees and 
were paying homage to the Child, without asking 
any questions concerning Him. Then Joseph and Mary 
asked them, saying, "Whence are ye?" And they an- 
swered and said unto them, '*We come from Persia." 
And Joseph said unto them, "When did ye set out 
"from Persia?" And they said, "There was a festi- 
"val in the evening, and after we had eaten and 
"drunk, one of our gods said unto us, 'Rise up, and 
"go, and offer up offerings to the King Who hath 
"been born in Judea.' Now, as we were setting out 
Page 34 <'to come, the cock crew. We set out from | Persia 
"at cock-crow, and now, at the third hour of the 
"day, we have reached you." And Mary took one 
of the swaddling-bands of Jesus, and gave it unto 
them; and they took it from her in faith as a most 
exalted gift. And when the night of the fifth day of 
i the week after the birth of the Child was come, the 
Watcher who, in the form of a star, had brought 
the Persians there arrived; and they set out on their 
road following him. And whilst they were talking 
together concerning the cause of their coming, they 
arrived in their own country at the time of the first 
meal of the day. And Persia rejoiced at their arri- 
val, and marvelled. 

' Gr. yjxi s^e^aXov XP^^®'' ^^ Xf^avov xal ff|jt.6ppav. The 

Chapter ends with the statement that an angel warned the Persians 

not to go back into Judea, and has no equivalent for the rest of 
this paragraph in the Syriac. 



THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST. 3 9 

And it came to pass that when the morning was 
come, and the day had become light, the kings and 
priests were gathered together and they said unto 
them, "How did ye go? How did ye come? What 
"did ye do? And what have ye brought for us?" 
And the sons of the kings shewed them the swaddling- 
band which Mary had given them. Then the kings 
and priests made for them a festival of Magianism, 
and they cast the swaddling-band into the fire of 
which they were worshippers ; and the swaddling-band 
took the form of the fire. And when the fire had 
been put out, they brought out the swaddling-band, 
which was like the snow and was firmer than it was 
before. Then they took | it and kissed it, and laid it Page 35 
upon their eyes, and said, "In very truth, and beyond 
"all doubt, this is a garment of the God of gods; 
"for the fire of our gods was unable to consume 
"it." And they received it in faith and with great 
honour. ' 

And it came to pass that when the eight days for 
the circumcision of the Child had been fulfilled, they 
circumcised Him in the cave in which he had been 
born.^ And the woman who had been with them on the 
day of his birth, now the name of that old woman 
was called Shalom, took away with her that which had 
been cut off from him. And this woman had a son-^ 

' See Evangelium Infantiae, Chapter VIII. (Tischendorf, p. 184). 

^ On the sixth day of the week Mary and the Child went into 
Bethlehem, where they spent the Sabbath; see Pseudo- Matthew, 
Chapter XV. p 

^ His name was Hadyok %^Aft.TM, and he is described as i^V^^ 

and ruuxo 1. €., a druggist and scent maker. 



40 JESUS IS PRESENTED IN THE TEMPLE. 

who was a maker of perfumes and scented unguents, 
and she placed that which had been cut off* from 
Jesus in a flask of the most precious and costly 
ointment, and she enjoined her son strictly, and said 
unto him, "Take heed, O my son, that thou sell not 
"this flask of ointment unless the buyers thereof will 
"give thee three hundred dinars of gold for it." Now 
it was this flask of ointment which Mary the sinful 
woman bought, and she poured it out over the head 
of our Lord. 

And it came to pass that when Jesus was ten days 
old,^ they took Him up to the temple of Jerusalem 
to present Him before the Lord, and to offer up offer- 
ings on His behalf, according to what is written in the 
law of Moses, "Every male that openeth the womb 
"shall be called holy unto the Lord."^ Now, if Mary, 
and Joseph, and the child were in the cave ten days, 
Page 36 it is most Certainly true | that the Magians came from 
Persia in one night, and that they went back to their 
own country in another night. And on the eleventh 
day after the birth of the Child, that is to say, on 
the day of the Sabbath, they went forth to carry 
him to the temple. And it came to pass that when 
Mary came to the door of the courtyard of the temple, 
the old man Simeon, with the eye of the Holy Spirit, 

^ Compare, Sumsitque anus ilia Hebraea pelliculam istam, dicunt 
vero alii earn sumsisse nervum umbilicarem, eamque in ampulla 
oleo nardini vetusti recondidit. See Evangelium Infantiae, Chapter 
V. (Tischendorf, p. i83.) 

^ Compare, Decern diebus post Hierosolymam eum transtule- 
runt, et quadragesimo a nativitate die templo illatum coram domino 
stiterunt, etc. Evang. Infantiae, Chapter V. 

^ See Exodus XIII. 2. 



THE WRATH OF HEROD. 4 1 

saw that she was like unto a pillar of light,* and that 
she was carrying in her arms a wonderful Child Who 
was wrapped in swaddling-bands of fire and was not 
consumed. And whilst Simeon was marvelling at Mary, 
he saw the hosts of the angels standing round about 
her and the Child, and they were ascribing honour unto 
them, and they were like unto the companies of sol- 
diers that compass kings round about. And when Si- 
meon had seen this sight, he ran towards Mary, and 
stretching out his arms to her he said, '*Give me the 
"Child." And he took Him in his arms and said, "Lord, 
*'let now Thy servant depart in peace, according to 
"Thy word. For mine eyes have seen Thy great 
"mercy." And Anna the prophetess was also there, 
and she too saw the vision, and believed; and she 
stood up giving praise unto God, and ascribing praise 
unto Mary. 

And it came to pass that when Herod saw that he 
had been mocked by the Magians^ who had tarried 
long and had not returned to him, he was filled with 
rage, and sent and brought the wise men, | and asked Page 37 
them, saying, "Where is the Christ born ?" And they 
said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judea" ; and he deter- 
mined to slay Jesus.^ 

^ Turn vidit ilium Simeon senex instar columnae lucis reful- 
gentem, etc. Evang. Infantiae, Chapter VI. 

^ See Protevangelium, Chapter XXII; Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter 
XVII; and Evang. Infantiae, Chapter IX. 

^ In the Greek Herod orders that all children **two years old 
and under" shall be slain; compare St. Matthew II. 16. Some say 
that he slew 2000 children, and some say 1800; see my Book of 
the BeCy p. 86. Mary hid Jesus by wrapping Him up in rags, and 
laying Him in the manger of the cattle. 



42 THE MURDER OF ZECHARIAH. 

[Here comes in the MS. A the following passage, 
which is wanting in Z?.] 

And when Elizabeth heard that John was sought for, 
she took him and went up into the mountain, but she 
had no place there wherein to hide him. And, with a 
sigh, she said unto the mountain, *'0 mountain of God, 
"receive thou a mother with her son"; and straightway 
the mountain opened and received her. And the moun- 
tain made light to shine upon them, for the angel of 
the Lord was with them. 

And* Herod sent some of his body-guard^ to Ze- 
chariah the priest, and they said unto him, 'Where is 
"thy son?" And Zechariah said unto them, "I am a 
"servant of the Lord my God, and I am in His house 
"continually; I know not where my son is." And the 
body-guard went and told Herod. And when Herod 
heard these words he was angry and said, "Is then 
"the son of a priest about to reign over Israel?" And 
again he sent his body-guard [unto Zechariah], and he 
told [them to say] unto him, "Shew us truly where thy 
"son is. If [thou wilt] not [do so] then thou knowest 
"that thy blood shall be under thine own hands." -^ So 
the body-guard went and told Zechariah these things. 
And Zechariah said, "God shall bear witness that thou 
"hast poured out my blood,** and the Lord shall re- 
"ceive my spirit; for thou hast shed innocent blood 
"which hath committed no wrong." Now Zechariah 

^ See Protevangelium, Chapter XXIII. 
2 Gr. 'Aat dcTreoTstXsv iwajpeTa^;. 

^ Gr. diSa<; '{Oip 5ti to aT|Jt.a crou utco tyjv y^zXpd [jlou ioriv. We 
should, therefore, in the Syriac read ».i*r^ d\sj^. 
** Gr. {jLapius; sijji.'. tou 0£oO, el i^yieiq (xou to aT(jLa. 



THE PRIESTS MOURN FOR ZECHARIAH. 43 

was slain' about the time of dawn, and the children 
of Israel knew not of it. 

And^ it came to pass that at the time of the burnt- 
offering of propitiation, the priests came, but the wont- 
ed blessing of Zechariah did not give them the sign; 
and the priests stood there waiting to ask for peace in 
prayer, and to praise the Lord [until Zechariah should 
come]. And when he continued to tarry, fear fell upon 
them all. And one of them ventured to enter into | the Page 38 
sanctuary, and he saw on the side of the altar of the 
Lord blood which had been shed and had become clot- 
ted.^ And a voice was heard which said, "Zechariah 
"hath been slain, and his blood shall not be washed 
"away until the avenger cometh." And when they 
heard these words they were afraid, and they went out 
and told the priests what they had seen and heard; 
and they all cried out and rent their garments.^ Now 
the body of Zechariah was not found, but they found 
his blood which was clotted and had become like a 
stone.^ And the priests wept and mourned for Ze- 
chariah three days; and after three days they took 
thought concerning whom they should raise up in his 



^ The Syriac does not say where Zechariah was slain, but the 
Book of the Bee (p. 86) says "between the steps (r^bnOTXflQo = 
xaTocoTpwfJia) and the altar". Tischendorf's text has, xepl to 8ia- 
9au|Jt.a e9Ove60Y) Zcc^OL^ioL^. The rtlsnOT^LflOQ is explained as "the 
raised platform which is before the door of the altar/' See Duval, 
Bar BahluUy col. 1815. 

2 See Protevangelium, Chapter XXIV. 

^ Gr. aTixa tcsxtjYO^;. 

** Apparently a misunderstanding of the Greek, /.ai Ta ^arvo)- 
(;.aTa Tou vaoO SXoXu^av, vm a^TOt x6pi£0)r(GravT0 hCo avwOsv ^wi; xocto). 

^ Gr. XfOov YSTSVYjixevov. For Aaiuio, read 



44 JOSEPH AND MARY AND JESUS GO TO EGYPT. 

place. And the lot fell upon Simeon, the priest unto 
whom it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit that he 
should not see death until he had seen the Lord in the 
flesh/ 

And an angel appeared unto Joseph,- and said unto 
him, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother and 
**go to Egypt;" so Joseph and Mary arose at cock- 
crow.^ And whilst^ Joseph was thinking how he should 
arrive there, he found himself at day -break in the 

' Here ends the Protevangelium of James, as far as the narra- 
tive of the Virgin's history is concerned. 

2 The angel appeared unto him one day before the slaughter 
of the children. 

^ Here and onwards the Syriac agrees closely with the Arabic 
Gospel of the Infancy; for the Arabic text see Thilo, Codex Apo- 
cryphus, p. 66 fF., where it is printed with a page for page Latin 
translation. See also the Latin rendering in Tischendorf, Evangelia 
Apocrypha^ p. i8i fF. 

*♦ According to Pseudo- Matthew, Chapter XVIII, Joseph and 
Mary on their road to Egypt take shelter in a cave, when suddenly 
the three boys and the girl who were with them shriek out in 
terror at the sight of a number of dragons with which the cave 
is filled. Thereupon Jesus leaves his mother's bosom, and stands 
on His feet before the dragons, which straightway adore Him and 
depart. Thus was fulfilled the verse (Psalm CXLVIII. 7), **Lau- 
**date dominum de terra dracones, dracones et omnes abyssi." On 
their way through the desert (see Chap. XIX) lions accompanied 
Joseph and Mary and shewed them their way, going in front of 
them for the purpose; and they bowed their heads to Jesus. They 
never interfered with or injured the sheep and cattle which Joseph 
had with him, and thus was fulfilled the verse (Isaiah LXV. 25), 
"Lupi cum agnis pascentur, leo et bos simul paleas vescentur." 
During the journey Mary sat down to rest under a palm by reason 
of the heat, and looking up, and seeing dates at the top of the 
tree, she wished Joseph to get her some; Joseph was, however, 
more occupied with thought concerning their want of water, espec- 
ially as the height of the tree made it impossible for him to reach 



THEY ARRIVE AT HERMOPOLIS. 45 

middle of the land of Egypt,' near a mighty village. 
Now there was in that village a certain idol in which a 
rebellious devil dwelt, and all the Egyptians sacrificed 
unto him, and offered up offerings, and poured out 
libations unto him. And there was a certain priest with 
whom that devil used to speak from out of the idol, 
and everything which the Egyptians wished to ask of 
their gods they went and told that priest ; and he gave 
them the | answers which their gods had made. Now Page 39 
this priest had an only son who was thirty^ years old, 
and a multitude of devils dwelt in him; and they 
wrought all manner of evil things upon him. And when 

the dates. At this moment Jesus ordered the palm to bend down 
its crown to Mary, who gathered dates therefrom, and when He 
had given the command the tree unbent itself and stood straight; 
out of its roots also there flowed "fontes aquarum limpidissimi et 
frigidi et dulcissimi nimis". The following day Jesus decreed that 
a branch of the palm should be taken by His angels and planted 
in the paradise of His Father (see Chap. XXI). In the XXIP'* 
Chapter Pseudo-Matthew tells us that one day Joseph complained 
to Jesus of the great heat, and suggested that they should jour- 
ney from town to town along the sea-shore. In answer Jesus pro- 
mised that He would shorten the journey for them, and that they 
should travel in one day the distance which would ordinarily re- 
quire thirty days to perform; having said these words they began 
to see the mountains of Egypt. Soon after this, with great joy 
they arrived on the borders of Hermopolis, in a district called 
Sotina. The Hermopolis here refered to is, of course, the Her- 
mopolis Parva of the Greeks, and the Temait en Heru x I 

V\^ of the Egyptian inscriptions, which was situated on the 

left bank of the Canopic arm of the Nile. See J. de Rouge, Giog, 
Ancienne de la Basse Egypte, pp. 3o, 102. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter X, and Pseudo-Matthew, Chap- 
ter XXIII. 

^ Evang. Infantiae, **Erat huic sacerdoti filius triennis." 



46 THE IMAGES OF THE GODS FALL TO THE GROUND. 

they came upon him he used to rend his garments, 
and then he would stand up naked, and go forth, and 
stone the people with stones. And belonging to this 
idol's temple there was a place in which the poor 
might be received ; * and Joseph and Mary came there 
and went in thither to sleep. And whilst they were 
alighting in the place for strangers, there was a move- 
ment and quaking throughout all the land of Egypt, 
and all the idols fell down from their pedestals and 
were broken in pieces. Then all the priests and nobles 
of Egypt gathered themselves together unto that priest, 
and they asked him, saying, "What is the reason of 
"this earthquake which hath taken place in our land, 
"for all our gods are broken in pieces?" And the priest 
said unto them, "There is a secret and hidden god 
"who hath a son, like unto himself, concealed within 
"his bosom; the footstep of his son hath fallen upon 
"the land of Egypt,^ which hath quaked at the might 
"and terror of his glorious splendour, and therefore all 
"the gods have fallen down and have been broken in 
"pieces." ^ And all the Egyptians gathered themselves 



' Syr. «A^o.TAfiQ^f^ = ^evoSoxswv. The Arabic text (Thilo, p. 74, 
I. 12) has ^^UioJU-A^, bimdrasian, "hospital"; but a khan or public 
guest-house is what is meant, and no reference to a place where 
sick folk were treated is intended. 

^ The Syriac is here not an accurate rendering of the Arabic. 

^ According to Pseudo-Matthew there were three hundred and 
sixty-five gods in the temple, all of which fell down and were 
broken in pieces before Christ; therein the writer saw a fulfil- 
ment of the prophecy in Isaiah XIX. i. On the behaviour of AfFro- 
dosius, the captain of the guard of the city of Hermopolis, and 
of how he adored Jesus, and took Him in his arms, see Pseudo^ 
Matthew, Chapter XXIV. 



THE SON OF THE PRIEST IS HEALED. 47 

together to that priest, and they accepted his counsel 
that they should make to themselves [a figure of] the 
hidden and secret god. 

And it came to pass that whem Mary and Joseph 
were in the place for strangers, the son of the priest 
entered therein, | and all the people fled from before Page 40 
him. And he came and took up one of the swaddling- 
bands of Jesus which Mary had washed and had 
thrown on the wall [to dry] ; and having taken it up he 
threw it over his head. Then straightway the devils be- 
gan to go forth from his mouth in the form of ravens 
which flew away exceedingly quickly, and others pass- 
ed out of his body ' in the forms of snakes. And the 
young man was healed immediately, and he glorified 
God. And when the priest saw his son, he asked him, 
saying, "What hath happened unto thee, O my son ? 
"And by what means hast thou become whole? And 
"who hath made thee whole this day?" Then the young 
man said unto his father, "The child who is with the 
"woman who is lodging in the place for receiving 
"strangers. I took a swaddling-band of her son, and 
"threw it on my head, and straightway the devils be- 
"gan to go forth and to flee from me." And the priest 
said unto his son, "Perad venture, my son, this is the 
"son of the god who hath come and hath entered into 
"the land of Egypt, and hath broken the gods [there- 
"of]." And herein was fulfilled that which is written, 
"Out of Egypt have I called my son." ' 



^ The Arabic (Evangelium Infantiae) has ^<^ ^^ ^^ 0>^>*^' 
OUl.\ Jl^_^ c>4r*^^» there is, then, no authority for the Syr. 

2 See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XII. 



48 THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN CHRIST AND LAZARUS. 

Page 41 Now when Joseph and Mary heard | these things 
they were afraid. And Joseph and Mary spake unto 
each other, saying, **In the land of Judea Herod sought 
"to slay Jesus, and on account of us he sent and slew 
"all the children who were in Bethlehem and in all the 
"borders thereof; if now the Egyptians hear from this 
"priest concerning their gods, they will burn us in the 
"fire/' And the rumour reached Pharaoh the king of 
Egypt, and he sent for Him (/. e,y the Child), and found 
Him not; and he made all the people of the city to go 
forth, one by one, to learn concerning the Child. And as 
our Lord drew nigh unto the gate of the city, the two 
images of the gods which were fixed, one on each side 
of the gate of the city, cried out, saying, "This is the 
"King of kings, and the Son of the hidden God." Then 
Pharaoh wished to slay the Child, but Lazarus' be- 
came surety for Him; and Joseph and Mary escaped, 
and they went forth from that place and departed. 

And' it came to pass that on the road upon which 
they were travelling there were thieves, and they had 
bound many people, and stripped them of their pos- 
sessions, and slain them. And when Joseph and Mary 
drew nigh unto the neighbourhood of the thieves, a 
voice came unto the thieves, before they came up to 
them, and they heard terrible sounds like unto the 
noise of [the procession of] a passing king; and they 

Page 42 heard the sound of drums, | and of captains of hosts, 

^ According to Solomon of Basra Lazarus was an official of 
the king of Egypt, and the friendship which existed between Christ 
and himself dated from the time when he made himself surety to 
the king of Egypt for Christ. See my Book of the Bee, p. 87. 

2 See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XIII. 



THE ESCAPE OF JOSEPH AND MARY. 49 

and of the neighing of horses ; and the thieves, by rea- 
son of the fear which fell upon them, left everything 
and fled. Then those who were bound in fetters in the 
place where the thieves had been rose up, and untied 
each other, and each one of them took that which 
belonged to him. And when Joseph and Mary came 
up [to them] the thieves asked them, saying, "Where 
"did you see the governor? for behold, the sound of 
"him came unto us, and those who have plundered 
"us heard it, and have fled from before him." Then 
Joseph said unto them, "Behold, he is coming on be- 
"hind us." 

And' 'when Joseph and Mary had passed over to 
a certain village, behold, there was there a certain 
poor woman who went out^ to drink water. And she 
saw the Evil One in the form of a young man, and 
she threw out her hands to lay hold upon him, but she 
was not able touch him;^ and he entered in unto her 
and dwelt in her. And the woman would not let any 
clothes stay upon her, and the Evil One used to make 
her stand up naked and uncovered as on the day on 
which she was born ; and when they threw her in 
chains, she used to break them. And the Evil One 
was wont then to bring her forth naked to the cross- 
roads, and to the graveyards, when she threw stones 
at every one who beheld | her; and the inhabitants Page 43 
of the district suffered many things by reason of her, 
and the people prayed that she might die. And it 
came to pass that when Joseph and Mary had come, 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XIV. 

2 The Arabic adds "in the night'', J^\ ^. 

^ Here the Syriac varies from the Arabic. 



50 CURES WROUGHT BY THE SWADDLING-BANDS. 

and had entered into that village, Mary saw the poor 
woman sitting down and gathering stones, being nak- 
ed; and as she looked upon her, her compassion for 
her revealed itself. And Mary took one of the swad- 
dling-bands of Jesus, and threw it upon her, and straight- 
way the Evil One left her, and fled away in the form 
of a vigorous young man, who murmured, and said, 
*'Fie* upon thee, Mary, and fie upon thy Son"; and 
he fled away, and Mary saw him no more. Then the 
woman became ashamed as in days of old, and she 
covered her nakedness with the swaddling -band of 
Jesus,^ and she ran to her relatives, and put on her 
clothes, and told them what Mary had done for her. 
Now her parents were the lords of that village, and 
they received Joseph and Mary with great honour. 
And^ when the morning was come and Joseph and 
Mary went forth to go on their way, they furnished 
them with food and accompanied them a distance on 
their way. And when the evening was come they en- 
tered into a village where a marriage -feast was be- 
ing celebrated, "^ but by reason of the evil acts and 
the agency of devils, and the sorceries of wicked men, 
the tongue and the .hearing of the bride had become 
fettered. And when Mary had entered into their midst, 



^ Arab. <^.^. 

2 There is no authority for this in the Arabic. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XV. 

'* j5, "And they went to a certain village and entered therein 
**at sunset. And many people were seen to be gathered together, 
*'and there was among them a bride whose speech had been fet- 
"tered by the agency of devils, and by the sorceries of evil men; 
**the speech of her tongue and the hearing of her ears were fet- 
*'tered.'' 



CURE OF THE DEAF AND DUMB BRIDE. 5 I 

having Jesus | in her bosom, the bride saw her and Page 44 
ran towards her; and she stretched out her hands to- 
wards our Lord, and she carried Him in her arms, 
and embraced Him, and kissed Him, and breathed in 
the odour of His body,* and straightway her tongue 
and her hearing were unloosed, and she could speak 
and could hear, and she glorified God that healing 
had come to her. And that night there was great re- 
joicing among the inhabitants of that village, for they 
thought that God had entered in and had made His 
abode in their houses. 

So^ Joseph and Mary remained there for three days 
in great honour ; and when they went forth therefrom, 
the people of the village provided them with food, and 
accompanied them on their way joyfully. 

And when they came to another village to pass 
the night therein, they found in it a large number of 
people. Now a certain woman of noble family, and 
of high rank, who belonged to this village, had gone 
down to the river to wash her clothes, | and whilst she paae 45 
was washing she looked about to see that there was 
no man round about her; and having thrown off her 
garments, she was swimming about in the water when 
the Evil One leapt out in the form of a serpent and en- 
circled her body.-* And when she came to Mary and 
saw the Child Whom she was carrying, she ran quickly 
to meet her, and said unto her, ^'Give me the Child 

^ Arab, ^.^.^a^ '<k^\j doj^Lo;:* <*-XUS^ dJU^^ a^JUa.^ ^^^^^-y^^ 
(Thilo, p. 80). 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XVI. 

^ The Arabic is fuller: Ij^ Ui.^^ l^k> ^^& j\jj:^\^ ^-it^ ^—^3^ 



52 THE WOMAN WITH THE SERPENT. 

"that I may love Him"; and she took Him and kissed 
Him. And it came to pass that when the Evil One 
breathed in the odour of Jesus,' he straightway loos- 
ed his hold upon her, and came down from her body, 
and fled ; and he was never more seen. And when the 
people that were there saw what had been done they 
all glorified God ; and the woman herself made a feast 
for Joseph and Mary. 

And* when the morning had come, the woman pre- 
pared some scented water for Mary to wash Jesus in; 
and whilst she was washing Him, behold, a certain poor 
young woman, who was as white as snow with leprosy, 
was sitting with them in the courtyard. And when she 
saw Mary, and that healing had come to that woman, 
she also came in faith, and took some of the water in 
Page 46 which Jesus had bathed, and washed | herself in it. Then 
straightway was she cleansed from her leprosy, and 
she glorified our Lord. And the people of the village 
likened Joseph and Mary unto gods, and did not con- 
sider them to be human folk; and they went about with 
them, shewing great honour unto them. Then the young 
woman did homage to Joseph and Mary, and said unto 
them, **I entreat you, O my parents and masters, to 
"hearken unto me, for I would become as a daughter 
"and as a serving woman unto you, and would go 
"with you; for I have neither father nor mother."^ 

And'^ they permitted her, and she went with them. 
And they arrived at a certain village wherein was a 

' Arab, l^^ • . . UL^-X^^ L^X« ^^ LJla. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XVII. 

^ The Arabic has only: ^»-€-*-« \jb^Jji.b ^-Ji ^^-^Lmj^. 

•♦ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XVIII. 



THE CHILDLESS WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR. 



53 



mighty governor who had an outer courtyard to his 
house; and in this courtyard strangers were allowed 
to lodge, and Mary and Joseph went and took up their 
abode there. And the young woman [their servant] 
went to the wife of the governor, and she found her 
sighing and weeping sorrowfully. And she said unto 
her, "Mistress, why weepest thou?" And the gover- 
nor's wife said unto her, "I weep because my sor- 
**row is sore unto him, and it cannot be revealed." 
And the young woman said unto her, "If thou wilt re- 
"veal it unto me, perhaps thou wilt be able | to find Page 47 
"a remedy for thyself." And the wife of the gover- 
nor said unto her, "I am the wife of this governor 
"who is, — see that thou keep the matter secret, — a 
"rich man. And I lived with him a long time, but 
"had no children by him until now, when a son was 
"born unto me ; and he is a leper." And when his 
father saw him he said unto me, "Give him to the 
"nurse to bring up, in a place a long way off from 
"us, so that it may not be known that he is our son; 
"or, kill him. And if thou dost not do this thing, I 
"will never live with thee again, and I will never see 
"thee again. And my pain is great. Ah, woe is me 
"through my husband, and woe is me through my 
"son!" Then the young woman said unto her, "If I 
"can find healing for thy son, thou shalt neither weep 
"nor suffer pain. I whom thou seest was once a leper 
"woman, but God visited me in [the form of] Jesus, 
"the Son of Mary, and I was cleansed." And the 
governor's wife said unto her, "In what country is 
"He?" And the young woman said unto her, "He is 
"nigh; for behold, He is in thy courtyard." And the 



54 



THE LEPER CLEANSED. 



governor's wife said unto her, **Where?" And the 
Page 48 young woman said | unto her, '^Behold, Joseph, and 
"Mary with her Son, are lodging in thy courtyard." 
And the governor's wife said unto her, "Shew me 
"how thou thyself wast healed through Jesus, the Son 
"of Mary, according as thou hast said." And the 
young woman said unto her, "His mother made ready 
"a bath for Him, and washed Him in the waters there- 
"of; and I also washed myself in the waters which 
"had been upon His body, and I became clean." Then 
the wife of the governor rose up with the young wo- 
man, the daughter of Mary, and she brought Joseph 
and Mary into her house with great honour, and she 
made a feast for them and for many people with 
them. 

And when the morning was come, Mary made ready 
a bath of scented water, and washed Jesus therein, 
and the wife of the governor brought her son, and 
washed him in the water in which Jesus had been 
washed; and straightway he was cleansed of his le- 
prosy. Then his mother glorified God and said, "Bless- 
"ed is the woman who brought thee forth, O Jesus, 
"Who, with the water in which Thy body hath been 
"washed, healest children like unto Thyself." And she 
Page 49 gave Mary a great and precious gift, and set | them on 
their way in peace. 

And' it came to pass that when they had come to 
a certain village, and had gone in there to pass the 
night, they entered into the house of a man for whom 
a marriage-feast had been made; but he was bound 



See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XIX. 



THE MAN WHO WAS TURNED INTO A MULE. 55 

[and kept from] his wife,' and he was unloosed- on that 
very night which they spent in his house. Now, when 
the- morning had come, Joseph and Mary wished to set 
out on their way, but the man and his wife would not 
let them, and they kept that day with great gladness. 
And^ early on the morrow Joseph and Mary set out 
on their journey, and they arrived at another village 
where they wished to lodge for the night. And behold, 
three women were coming forth from the cemetery 
weeping, and Mary saw that they wept. And she said 
unto the young woman that was with her, "Ask these 
"women why they weep? and say unto them, *What 
"news have ye?'" And the young woman asked them, 
but they would not reveal unto her the reason of their 
weeping. Then they asked the young woman, and said 
unto her, "Whence come ye? And whither go ye? for 
"the sun is about to set." And the young woman said 
unto them, "We are wayfarers, and are seeking for a 
"place wherein to pass the night." Then the women 
said unto her, "Come, pass ye the night with us"; so 
they went with them. Now the women had | a certain Page 50 
new and handsome house wherein they had much fur- 
niture ; and they took Joseph and Mary there, because 
the season was winter. And the young woman, Mary's 
servant, went into their presence, and found them weep- 
ing and uttering cries of grief. And the women had 
near them a mule upon which cloths and trappings of 
the costliest and finest silks were laid, and food of 

^ The Syriac cndi^f^ «:n f^ocn l&fiDf^o translates the Arabic 

2 Arab. ^l>b^ ji^U 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XX. 



56 THE MAN WHO WAS TURNED INTO A MULE. 

sesame' was set before him; and the women were 
stroking him, and kissing him, and weeping.^ Then the 
young woman said unto those women, "Mistresses, 
"what is the affair of this mule?"^ And with weeping 
the women answered and said unto her, "This mule 
"that thou seest is our brother, and is of our flesh/ 
"Our parents died and left us great riches, and we 
"were wishing to take a wife for him, and to make a 
"marriage feast for him ; - but certain women who were 
"sorceresses^ worked spells upon him, and he was 
"thereby turned into this mule which we know is our 
"brother. And we have not left any man who hath any 
Page 51 "knowledge | whatsoever whom we have not brought 
"unto him, but he hath not been benefited thereby,^ 
"and each time that an attack of grief cometh upon us 
"we go to the cemetery of our parents and weep."^ 

^ Arab. ^■*m.»,«) ^00 ^2,^^ ^}^? tJ^ ^^"cM^' 

^ B has, **a mule upon which precious stuffs were spread, and 
"food of sesame was in front of him, and they were kissing him, 
"and pouring out water for him/' 

3 The Arabic has, ^ U ^*\j.^ b i--o3\ .iUi' ^ cuJUi 
J.*^\ \J^ (Thilo, p. 86), but for ^a* read y^ "news". 

'* B^ "son of our mother*'; Arabic tU\ ^-^ I3yi.\. 

^ They had no other brother: ^ ^^ ^^^\ \^ UJ ^^ 

^ By "This hath happened to us through the agency of evil 
"women and sorceresses. We were sleeping [one night], and the 
"door of the court-yard and the door of the house were shut, 
"and when it was dawn we saw that it was not our brother who 
"was with us, but this mule." 

^ Arab. ^ ^ysL^\^ s^suaAX^ ^-^-JbO^ ^^ \s>^ ^^^ o^ ^y ^^ 

® B, "And when we are afflicted we go with our mother, and 
"weep at the grave of our father"; so also in the Arabic, but 
>yo^ "and we return", is not translated in the Syriac. 



THE MAN WHO WAS TURNED INTO A MULE. 57 

And* when the young woman heard these words she 
said unto them, "Rejoice in our Lord, for ye have 
"found healing for your brother in your own court- 
"yard." Then the women said unto her, "How?" And 
the young woman said unto them, "I whom ye see was 
"once a leper woman. And a certain woman, who was 
"called Mary, and who had with her a little Son, whose 
"name was Jesus,^ came to the place where I was; and 
"the mother of the Child made ready water in which to 
"wash Him, and when she had done so, I took in faith 
"the water in which He had been washed, and I wash- 
"ed in it, and I became clean, even as ye see me. He 
"hath healed many, and I know that He can heal your 
"brother also. But go ye to His mother, and bring her 
"into your house, and reveal unto her the secret which 
"is in your hearts, and entreat her to have mercy upon 
"you." And when the women had heard the words of 
the young woman they went forth after Mary, and they 
brought her into their house ; and they sat down be- 
fore her, shedding tears | and making supplication unto Page 52 
her, and saying, "O Lady Mary, have compassion 
"upon thy handmaidens, for we have no place where 
"we may lay our head,-^ and we have neither father, 
"nor mother, nor brother; this mule is our brother, but 
"he hath been destroyed, therefore do thou have pity 
"upon us." Then was Mary grieved for them, and she 
took our Lord and set Him on the back of the mule, 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXI. 

2 By "This woman who hath with her a little son who is call- 
**ed Jesus." 

3 Arab. ^^ y^ v-r**— ^i; ^^ y^ ^ v^ U*- The words iusD 

are a mistranslation. 







58 HE BECOiMES A MAN AGAIN- 



and she and the women shed tears. And Mary said, 
"May the mighty power which is hidden in Thee, O 
"Jesus my Son, visit this mule, and make him to be a 
"man again even as he was in the days of old." And 
straightway whilst they were looking at the mule he 
was transformed, and became a man, even a young 
man, as he was aforetime. And the young man and 
his sisters fell down upon the ground and did homage 
to Mary, and they carried Jesus about in their arms, 
and were kissing Him, and saying, "Blessed be the 
"woman that gave Thee birth, O Jesus, and the eyes 
"which have seen Thee." Then* the sisters began to 
say unto each other, "Our brother has been restored, 
"but he would not have been except for this young 
Page 53 "woman ^ who made known ^ to us | concerning Mary 
"and Jesus. Now, our brother hath no wife, therefore 
"let us take this young woman, and let her be his 
"wife." And the women spake unto Mary and persuad- 
ed her concerning the young woman, and she gave her 
to them, and they made a marriage -feast for their 
brother.'^ Thus the matter of their brother was straight- 
ened, and gladness took the place of sorrow, and 
the women changed ^ their cries of woe into songs of 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXII. 

^ P'or rtlsoA^ read f^iirxsOAi^. 

^ Bf "The sisters said to their mother, *[Our brother] hath 
**been restored and hath become a man, and his restoration hath 
"taken place through this young woman who made known^" etc. 
/ Bf "And the women made a marriage-feast for their brother, 
"and there was great rejoicing, and these women and the young 
"woman had joy instead of grief." 

^ By "And the women changed their sorrow to gladness, and 
"their cries of grief to songs of praise. For their riches were great, 



JOSEPH AND MARY ENCOUNTER THIEVES. 59 

praise; and the women were saying, "Jesus the Son 
**of Mary hath changed mourning into rejoicing." And 
Joseph and Mary stayed with them ten days ; and they 
departed from them in peace. And the women having 
accompanied them some distance returned weeping, 
and especially the young woman who had been Mary's 
servant. 

And when Joseph and Mary had gone on their way, 
they arrived in a desert country, wherein they heard 
that thieves lived; and they wished to pass by night 
through the district where the thieves were. And whilst 
they were journeying, behold, they came upon two 
thieves * [called]. Titus and Dumachus, who had been Page 54 
detached from their companions, and had been set to 
guard the road. And when the thieves saw Joseph and 
Mary, Titus said to Dumachus, "Let them pass on 
"their way, and say nothing about it to our compa- 
"nions,^ and I will give thee my share, four {W{e".-^ And 
Titus gave Dumachus his belt as a pledge that he 
would keep silence, and would not reveal the matter 
to his companions. And Mary blessed Titus and said 
unto him, "The mercy of God shall be gracious unto 
"thee, and shall make thee worthy of the forgiveness 
"of sins." Now these are the two men who were cru- 

"and their brother being restored they brought out chains, and 
**adorned themselves beautifully, and they rejoiced, and danced, 
"and sang, saying, *Jesus, the son of David, changeth sorrow to 
"joy'.'' 

^ B, "They saw two thieves asleep by the wayside.' ' See 
Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXIII. 

2 B^ "That they plunder them [not]." In the Arabic text Du- 
machus refused to agree to this suggestion. 

^ In the Arabic, "forty dirhams". 



60 THE TWO THIEVES. 



cified with our Lord, Titus on the right, and Du- 
machus * on the left.^ 

And it canie to pass that when Joseph and Mary 
had arrived in the country of Judea they were afraid 
to go into Bethlehem ; for Archelaus had become king 
in Judea in the stead of Herod the king his father. It 
is a very marvellous thing, O my brethren, but they 
were carrying round about from place to place the Pa- 
cifier of the worlds, and of created things as if. He had 
neither a house nor a shelter.^ Then the angel of the 
Lord appeared unto Joseph in a dream, and said unto 
him, "Arise, go into Bethlehem "^ to thy house." 

And^ when he had gone into his house, a sickness 

and boils and blains broke out that summer among the 

Page 55 children, and very many of them | died. And a certain 

^ In the Arabic Mary tells Titus that God shall give him a 
place of honour on His right hand, and shall forgive him his sins, 
whereupon Jesus speaks and declares that, thirty years later, the 
Jews shall crucify Him, and shall lift up these two thieves with 
Him on crosses, Titus on the right hand and Duraachus on the 
left, and that after that day Titus shall go before Him into Para- 
dise. After this Mary and Jesus journey on to the city of idols, 
which, as soon as they approach, become changed into heaps of 
sand. 

^ Here the Arabic text has two short Chapters (XXIV and XXV) 
for which the Syriac has no equivalent. In the XXIV'** we are 
told that Mary came to the village of Matariyyeh, and washed the 
Child's shirt in the fountain there; from His sweat which she 
sprinkled there sprang the famous balsam trees. In the XXV '^ 
Chapter the Holy Family come to Memphis and see Pharaoh; they 
live in Egypt for three years, during which time Jesus works many 
miracles which are nowhere fully recorded. 

3 Arab., >V^ w^Lo ^nu3\ ^s i^lL^^ J.^. U^^ <Usf (Thilo, 
p. 94). 

'♦ Arab., Nazareth. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXVII. 



THE MAN WITH DISEASED EYES. 6 1 

believing woman had a son who was sick,' and he was 
nigh unto death. And she came unto Mary whilst she 
was washing Jesus, and she said, "O my Lady Mary, 
"my son is grievously sick." And Mary said unto her, 
"Wait until Jesus be washed, and then take the water 
"in which my Son hath been washed, and go and bathe 
"thy son in it; and may God visit him." And the wo- 
man took the water, and went and washed her son in 
it, and when she had wrapped him up she put him to 
sleep; and he woke up sound and well. And the wo- 
man glorified God and Jesus for the recovery of her son. 
And^ a certain woman who was a neighbour of her 
whose son had been healed, said unto her, "My son is 
"grievously sick. His eyes are blinded with pain, and 
"the throbbing in them ceaseth not either by night or 
"by day." And the woman whose son had been made 
whole said unto her, "My son also | was grievously Page 56 
"[sick],^ and was nigher"^ unto death than life; and I 
"went in to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and took the 
"water in which Jesus had been washed, and washed 
"my son in it, and then I wrapped him up, and put him 
"to sleep; and he woke up relieved and well. And, 
"behold, thou canst see him." And when the woman 
heard these things she also went to Mary. And she 
waited until Mary had washed Jesus, and then she took 
the water in faith, and washed the eyes of her son ; 
and the throbbing ceased from them, and he slept like 
a dead man, because he had not slept at all for many 

' For ca*.i&o read ca*i&o. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXVIII, 

^ B adds As2\at:» "tortured". 

** B has the better reading. 



62 MARY AND ARZAMt 

days.* And when he awoke he stood up, and he was 
healed and his eyes were opened. And his mother was 
glad, and she glorified God. Then she took him in her 
arms and went to Mary,^ who said unto her, **See that 
"thou tell no man." 

And^ there were there two women who were con- 
cubines,* and each of them had a son,^ and both sons 
Page 57 were sick.^ Now one of the women was called | Mary, 
and her son was called Cleophas.^ And she went to 
Mary, the mother of Jesus, and gave her^ a beautiful 
cloak ; and Mary gave her one of the swaddling-bands 
of Jesus ; and the mother of Cleophas made from it ap- 
parel ^ wherein she dressed her son, and he was made 
whole. But the son of her companion *° Arzami died, 
and anger against her fellow-concubine Mary laid hold 
upon her, for she was jealous because her own son 
had died, whilst that of Mary was alive. Now the two 
women Mary and Arzami used to minister in their 
houses each a week at a time. And it came to pass 
that when the week of Mary had come, she made the 



^ B, **because he had been in pain for many days". There is 
no Arabic equivalent for these words. 

2 Bf adds, "and revealed unto her the whole matter as it had 
"taken place." Arab. ^^.^ LJi^ l-^ CULd>S^. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXIX. 

'♦ Arab. J^a»\^ ^^jJ ^^\J\J^\ "two wives belonging to one husband". 

^ Literally, "the two of them had two sons". 

^ Arab, ^y^^, "and they were sick of fever". 

7 Arab. \3^: 

^ By "and gave her a beautiful cloak, and asked her for one 
"of the swaddling-bands of Jesus". 

^ Literally, "tunic" or "shirt"; f^iu.ia^and r<ud\a^ here = 
Arab. Ua;^. 
[ lo Literally, "rival", Arab. »^. 



TFIE MIRACLE OF THE OVEN. 63 

oven hot, and went to fetch the dough [to bake] for 
bread.* And when Arzami saw that there was no one 
there looking on at her, she ran and seized Mary's 
child, and cast him into the oven, and then went away 
from the place. And when the mother of Cleophas 
came back [and looked in], she saw her son sitting in 
the furnace and playing in the midst thereof; for the 
fire had become extinguished, and the furnace was as 
cold as snow, and as if fire had not been in it.^ Then 
Mary, the mother of Cleophas, took her son in her 
arms, and went to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and 
spake unto her | and revealed the matter. And Mary Page 58 
said unto her, "Hold thy peace and tell no man; for 
"this will be to thy advantage." ^ 

And it came to pass that when the week of Arzami 
came, she went to fetch water from the well, and she 
found Cleophas by the side of it ; and seeing that there 
was no one there to observe her, she took the child 
and threw him into the well, and then went home to 
her house. And when the people came to draw water 
from the well, they saw the child sitting* upon the 
water and crowing joyfully and laughing; and they 
went down [into the well] and brought him up, and 
many marvelled. And his mother took him and went to 

^ She left her son Cleophas by the oven. ^>^ ^^ ^--^^ C^S^ 

^ B adds, "And Mary knew that it was her fellow -concubine 
"who had cast [him] into the furnace", which represents the Ara- 
bic jUJ\ ^ ^JUj ^^\ l^^o ^Ji <Joo\ CUjLas. 

^ Arab. ^<Xs\}>\ ^^-« viX^ l-sI>*\ <^^, **for I have fear on account 
"of thee if thou make it known." 

*♦ The Arabic has LJ\ JJ^i ,„>**^^ y^^, and has no equivalent 
for the Syriac vyjL^O rd^^l^^O. 



64 THE DEATH OF ARZAMt THE CONCUBINE. 

Mary, the mother' of Jesus, weeping and said [unto 
her], **See, O my mother, behold, Arzami hath cast 
"him into the well, and she will certainly kill him [one 
'^day]." And Mary said unto her, "Hold thy peace, for, 
"behold, the Lord will now work deliverance, and 
"judgment, and vengeance for thee." And it came to 
pass that Arzami went to draw water from that well, 
and the rope passed between her legs, and she fell 
down into the well ; and they went down and brought 
her up with her head split open, and her bones broken, 
Page 59 and she was dead. And in her was fulfilled that | which 
is written by David," ^ "He dug a well and made it 
"deep, and fell into the pit which he had made." 

And^ after these things, behold, there was a certain 
woman who had two sons that were twins, and they 
were both very sick; and one of them died, and the 
other was nigh unto death. And his mother took him 
in her arms and came weeping to Mary, the mother of 
Jesus, and said unto her, "O my Lady Mary, help me. 
"I had two sons that were twins; one of them is al- 
"ready dead, and the other is dying." And holding 
her child in her arms she wept and said, "O^ Lover 
"of men, Thou just and merciful One, deal Thou right- 
"eous judgment unto Thy servant. Thou gavest me 
"two sons; let one be Thine, and let the other be^ 
"mine;" and she wept bitterly. Then was Mary sad on 



1 Read, with B, 

2 Psalm VII. 15. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXX. 

'♦ B, "Thou art the Lover of men, and art not unmerciful ; and 
"Thou art the good, and not the cruel Being*'. 
^ Read f^ocoj. 



THE CLEANSING OF THE LEPER WOMAN. 65 

her account, and she said unto her, *Tlace thy son in 
"the bed of Jesus." Now his eyes were closed and he 
was nigher unto death than life. But when Mary had 
wrapped him in the swaddling-bands of Jesus, he in- 
haled from them the breath of life,* and he opened his 
eyes, and cried out for his mother, saying, "Mother, 
"mother, give me the breast." So his mother gave 
him the breast and he sucked. And his mother answer- Page 60 
ed and said unto Mary, "Now know I that the power 
"of God dwelleth in thee, and that thou didst give 
"birth unto the Son of God, for children like unto 
"Him are made whole by the odour of Him." And this 
child was Thomas who was called Didymus.^ 

And^ after this a certain beggar-woman who was a 
leper came to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and said 
unto her, "O my Lady Mary, help me." And Mary 
said unto her, "What help dost thou seek? Is it gold, 
"or silver, or the cleansing of thy body from leprosy 
"and scab?" And the young woman said unto her, 
"Woe is me, for who is able to give me this thing?" 
And Mary said unto her, "Wait a little until Jesus hath 
"gone up out of the water of His bath, and I have 
"wrapped Him up and placed Him in His bed." [So 
the woman waited as Mary had said] Then Mary said 
unto her, "Take this water, and wash thy whole body 
"therewith;" and when she had washed she became 
clean, and she glorified God. 

^ B **He inhaled from them new life". 

2 In the Arabic the child is said to have been called Bartho- 
lomew, UJy;->. On Thomas, who was surnamed Didymus, see 
St. John XI. 16; XX. 24; XXI. 3; Acts I. i3. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, XXX. 

5 



66 THE DAUGHTER OF THE GOVERNOR 

And ' having stayed with Mary three days she went 
on her way. And it came to pass that she arrived at a 
certain village wherein was a governor, who had a 

Page 6 1 daughter | that was betrothed to another governor of 
another country; but the mark of leprosy having ap- 
peared in her forehead like a star, the governor would 
not take her ^ to wife because of the mark which was 
in her. And her mother began to weep over her with 
bitter tears, and the maiden also wept for herself. And 
it came to pass that when the beggar-woman came 
to them, she found them weeping, and she said unto 
them, "What is the cause of your weeping?" And they 
said unto her, "Our grief^ is too great to reveal to 
"men." And the beggar-woman said unto them, "If ye 
"will reveal to me your sorrow, peradventure the heal- 
"ing may be found for it here." Then the women told 
her of the mark of leprosy which was in their daugh- 
ter's forehead. And the beggar-woman said unto them, 
"I whom ye new see was once a leper.'^ And having 
"gone to Bethlehem, I came to a certain woman who 
"was called Mary, and who had a Son named Jesus. 
"Now this Jesus is the Son of God. And when Mary 
"saw me she was very sorry for me, and she gave | 

Page 62 "me the water in which the body of her Son had been 
"washed; and I washed my whole body therein, and 
"I became clean." ^ Then the women said unto the 



' See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXXI. 
^ Literally, "they would not take her". 

* Read ^rt^. 

* By "I who now stand before you was once a leper covered 
^*with scabs". 

* B adds, "even as ye see". 



IS HEALED OF HER LEPROSY. 67 

beggar-woman, "Rise up, [and come] with us, and 
"shew us where Mary is." So the three of them rose 
up and went to Bethlehem having with them gifts and 
costly presents for Mary ; and when they had gone into 
her house, and had shewn her the mark of leprosy, 
she said unto them, "May the might of Jesus abide 
"with you." Then she gave to the daughter of the go- 
vernor some water in which Jesus had been washed; 
and the girl washed herself therein and was cleansed 
from that moment. And she took a mirror ' and looked 
at herself therein, and she saw that she had become 
cleansed from that moment. And the women returned 
to their village glorifying God. And it came to pass 
that when he who had been betrothed unto the maiden 
heard that she had been made clean, he made ready 
the wedding feast and took her to wife. 

And behold ^ there was a young woman of noble fa- 
mily who was possessed of a devil, and he was wont 
to appear and to come [to her] in the form of a mighty 
serpent ^ which was about to swallow her ; * and all her 
body used to burn with heat,^ and she became like a 
dead woman. And whenever she saw him coming 
from a distance | she used to clasp tightly her head with Page 63 
her hands, and say,^ "Woe is me! Woe is me! for 
"there is none who can deliver me from this adver- 



' In the Arabic text there is no mention of the mirror. 
^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXXIII. 

* Read f<:U3^.*|. 

* Arab. ^-*i^, o^ i!"^.^* 

* Arab. ^--«> £t^-^ W^, <^^5> "and he used to suck out all 
"her blood"; the reading of B is .aaO. 

^ B, "and shriek out, saying". 

5* 



68 THE DAUGHTER OF THE NOBLEMAN 

"sary." And her parents used to weep before her, and 
every one who heard her voice was sorry on her ac- 
count; and all who saw her used to weep, especially 
when she wept and said, "O my parents, O my bre- 
*'thren, is there none to deliver me from this slayer?"* 
And when the daughter of the governor who had been 
healed of her leprosy heard her voice, she went up to 
the roof,^ and she saw the young woman with her 
hands clasped tightly over her head and weeping, and 
many people weeping before her. And she said unto 
her husband,^ '*What is the matter with this young 
**woman?"* And he revealed to her the matter of the 
young woman. And the wife of the governor said unto 
him, "Hath this young woman no parents?" And he 
said unto her, "She hath both father and mother." 
Then she said unto him, "Send^ and call her mother 
"unto me." And he sent and called her mother. And 
when the mother had come into her presence, she 
Page 64 said I unto her, "Is the young woman who is thus tor- 
"tured thy daughter?" And she said unto her, "Yea." 
And the wife of the governor said unto her, "Dost 
"thou wish her to be made whole?" And the mother 
of the young woman said unto her, "Yea." Then the 

' B^ "And many people used to gather together about her, and 
"they wept and groaned before her more and more as she wept", 
[saying,] "Is there" etc. 

^ B, **up on to the roof of the house". 

* /. e,y the husband of the woman that was possessed of the 
devil. Arab. X3^-i:suJ\ <J^ ^jJ CJ15^. 

* Arab. vjXJA^V) U, "What is the matter with thy wife?", or 
"What is there to thy wife?" The Latin renderings are not exact 
here. 

^ B^ "I conjure thee by the living God send" etc. 



IS HEALED OF HER LEPROSY. 69 

wife of the governor said unto her, *'Take heed and 
"keep this secret of mine hidden carefully.* Rise up, 
"and take thy daughter, and go to Bethlehem,^ and 
"enquire for a woman who is called Mary, the mother 
"of Jesus, and reveal unto her thy business, and, be- 
"hold, thy daughter will be made whole, and thou 
"shalt come from her with joy."^ So the woman rose 
up, and took her daughter and went to Bethlehem; 
and she went to Mary, and made known to her [her 
business]. And Mary gave unto her the water in which 
the body of Jesus had been washed,^ and she washed 
the body of the young woman therein. And Mary gave 
unto her one of the swaddling-bands of Jesus, and 
said unto her, "When thou seest thine enemy coming, 
"throw this swaddling-band over thy head." 

And they set forth to come into | their village.^ Now Page 65 
the day arrived for the adversary of the young woman 
to come. And when the young woman saw that he 
was coming, she was afraid of him, and said to her 
mother, "Mother, behold the adversary cometh, and 
"I am greatly afraid of him." And her mother said 
unto her, "Remain thou, O my daughter, near the 
"water that we may see what he will do unto thee."^ 

^ In the Arabic the wife of the governor tells the mother that 
she herself had once been a leper, and that Mary, the mother of 
Jesus, had healed her, 

2 B adds, "the city of David the great king". 

^ Reading with B. 

* Literacy, "the water of the body of Jesus". 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXXIV. 

^ In the Arabic the mother tells her daughter to put away fear 
from her and to let the devil come nigh unto her, when she must 
set the swaddling-band of Jesus before him. 



70 JUDAH WHO WAS POSSESSED OF A DEVIL. 

And the young woman saw that he was coming in the 
form of a mighty serpent, and that he was of most 
horrible appearance; and she perceived that all her 
body was trembling. And when he drew nigh unto her 
she saw that darts of fire were going forth from the 
swaddling-band of Jesus which was upon her head, 
and that they were smiting him in his face; and he 
shrieked and cried out with fearful outcries, and fled, 
and was destroyed, and was nevermore seen. Then 
had the young woman rest, and she passed from tri- 
bulation to happiness, and she gave glory unto our 
Lord; and from that day onwards she nevermore saw 
that horrible sight. 

And' it came to pass that when Jesus was three 
years old there was a certain woman [in that village] 
Page 66 who had a son who was called Judah, | and he was 
afflicted with a devil that vexed him. And when this 
devil came upon him he used to bite^ every one who 
was nigh unto him; and when he saw that there was 
no one near him, he would tear the flesh of his own 
arms and members. And when his mother heard that 
Jesus had healed many [sick] folk, she brought her son 
unto Him. Now the brethren of Jesus, James ^ and 
Joses, had taken Him [out] and were playing with 
Him. And Judah came and sat by the right* side of 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXXV. The Arabic makes no 
mention of the age of Jesus. 

^ Read i\il. 

^ See St. Matthew XIII. 55. 

* In the Arabic Judah is made to attempt to bite Jesus, but 
not being allowed to do so, he smites Him on the left side, whereat 
Jesus weeps; at this moment the devil leaves Judah in the form 
of a mad dog. 



JESUS AT SCHOOL. 7 1 



Jesus, and straightway the devil that vexed him went 
forth from him in the form of a mad dog ; and many 
folk were looking on. Now this man was the disciple 
who was called Judas Iscariot. It was he who smote' 
our Lord, and it was he who betrayed our Lord; and 
in the place in which he smote Him the Jews smote 
our Lord with a spear. 

And^ it came to pass that when Jesus was five years 
old Joseph took Him to school to Zacchaeus the scribe. 
Then Zacchaeus the scribe began to say unto him, 
"Alpha, Bita", that is to say, "Alaph, Beth", and he 
told Him to answer and to say [these words] after him. 

But Jesus was silent, and the scribe became angry. Page 67 
and smote the Child, and straightway the scribe died. 
Then Joseph came and took away the Child [from 
school], and as he was on the road [home], a certain 
boy ran and threw stones at Jesus. And Jesus said 
unto the boy, "Thou shalt never return from this 
"road;" and immediately the boy fell down and died. 
And those who saw Him cried out and said, "Where 
"was this Child born?" 

And Joseph said, "Who will be able to give in- 
"struction to such a child as this?" And the Child 
Jesus answered and said unto the scribe, "The words 
"which thou hast just spoken I have listened unto 
"diligently; but I am a stranger unto them [just as 
"I am] a stranger unto you, even though I am with 
"you and among you, and honour according to the 
"flesh I have not. But thou art under the law, and 



^ Literally, **bit"; the Arabic has ^j^* 

2 See Evang. Pseudo- Matthew, Chapters XXXI and XXXVIII. 



72 JESUS AT SCHOOL. 



"under the law thou shalt remain, Before thy father 
"was brought forth, I had My being. Thou thinkest 
"within thyself that thou art My father, for thou 
"knowest not whence I have been brought forth, nor 
"whence I have come. But I am One by Myself, and 
"I know you truly, both when ye were brought forth, 
"and how long time ye have to live, and to remain 
"in this world." And when they heard these words 
they marvelled and were astonished. And another 
scribe said unto Joseph, "Deliver Jesus unto me, and 
"I will teach Him." And the scribe began to instruct 
Jesus, and said unto Him, "Alpha;" and Jesus said, 
"Alpha." And the scribe said, "Bita", and Jesus 
said unto him, "What is Alphi? And again I say 
"unto thee. What is Bita?" And the scribe was 
angry and smote Him, and straightway he fell down 
and died. Then the Child Jesus went to His people. 
Then Joseph cried unto Mary His mother and said 
unto her, "Thou shalt not let this Child go outside 
"the house lest those who smite Him die." 

Then another scribe said unto Joseph, "Deliver 
"Jesus unto me, and I will teach Him by coaxing 
"Him;" so Joseph took Him to the scribe. Then Jesus 
Page 68 took | the roU, and read, * but He read not the things 
which were written therein; but He opened His mouth 
and spake by the Spirit.^ And when the scribe heard 
these things he went down and sat upon the ground; 



^ See Evang. Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter XXXIX. 

2 Pseudo-Matthew, "sed in spiritu dei vivi loquebatur, tanquam 
"si de fonte vivo torrens aquae egrederetur et fons semper per- 
**maneret". 



JESUS AT SCHOOL. 73 



and wonder and astonishment laid hold upon him by- 
reason of the things which he heard from the Child. 
Now great multitudes of people were gathered to- 
gether there; and Jesus opened His mouth and spake 
so that they might wonder and be astonished. Then 
Joseph ran and came there because he was afraid 
lest this scribe also would strike Jesus, and would 
also die. And the scribe said unto Joseph, "Thou 
"didst not deliyer a disciple unto me, but a Master 
"and a Doctor;" so Joseph took Him and brought 
Him to his house. 

And again Joseph sent the Child, together with 
James his son, into the vineyard. And as they were 
walking along a certain venomous viper bit James, 
but Jesus drew nigh and blew a breath upon the 
wound, and it was made whole; and the viper dried 
up, but James was healed and lived. 

And again on a certain day Jesus was sitting in 
the temple among the doctors, when one of them 
said unto Him, "Alaph." And Jesus said, "Alaph." 
And the doctor said unto Him, "Beth." And Jesus 
said unto the doctor, "Tell me the explanation of 
"'Alaph', and I will tell thee the explanation of 'Beth'." 
And the doctor said unto Him, "I do not know." And 
Jesus said unto them, "Ye hypocrites! For how can 
"those who do nor know 'Alaph, Beth' give instruction? 
"First of all teach [Me] what Alaph is, and then I 
"will believe you concerning [what ye say] of Beth." 
Then the Child began to enquire of the teacher con- 
cerning the forms of each of the letters ot the alpha- 
bet, and why the first letter had angles, and why the 
sides [of the others] were close together and were 



74 JESUS AND THE DOCTORS. 

pointed, and were gathered in over each other, and 
were extended, and were ornamented; and why the 
tops of them were spread out, and square, and hid- 
ing themselves, and were turning back; and why their 
sides were double, and bending over, and were fixed 
in the form of the Trinity.' Then the teacher was 
astonished, and his mind reeled at the words of the 
Child, and at the names which He pronounced, and 
at the greatness of the power which was hidden 
Page 69 in His questioning. Then the doctors cried out and 
said, ''Oh, oh, it is not right for this Child to be 
''upon the earth; in very truth this Child is able to 
"set fire to fire, and we think that He must have 
"been born before the Flood which took place in the 
"time of Noah. What womb received this Child? Or 
"what mother reared Him? We are not able to bear 
"Him. We thought that a disciple had come to us, 
"but He is found to be a doctor." And Jesus said 
unto them, "Ye marvel at My smallness, but ye are 
"smaller than I in your minds." And the first teacher 
said, "He entreated us to instruct Him! O my bowels, 
"I cannot bear it! I must flee from the village, for 

^ **Et coepit Jesus singularum litterarum nomina interrogare, et 
"dixit: Dicat magister legis, prima littera quid sit, vel quare tri- 
"angulos habeat multos, gradatos, subacutos, mediates, obductos, 
"productos, erectos, stratos, curvistratos." Pseudo-Matthew, Chap- 
ter XXXI. According to the Gospel of the Infancy (Chapter 
XXXVIII) Joseph was not a very skilful workman: "Quoties ergo 
"Josepho aliquid operis sui sive cubito sive spithama longius aut 
"brevius, latius vel angustius faciendum erat, dominus Jesus ma- 
gnum suam versus illud extendebat, quo facto tale quale volebat 
"Josephus fiebat, neque ipsi opus erat quicquam manu sua facere: 
"non erat enim Josephus artis fabrilis admodum peritus." 



JESUS GATHERS UP SPILT WATER. 75 

*1 cannot bear to look upon the little Child. I am- 
* 'overcome! Even at the beginning I did not know 
"what He said, but now my mind hath become fool- 
"ish by reason of the ordering of His speech, and 
"by reason of the beauty of His words. This Child 
"must be something mighty; He is either God, or He 
"is an angeL What I shall say unto Him I know not." 
Then the Child Jesus laughed, and said unto them, 
"Indeed I laugh with you."' 

And^ it came to pass that the mother of Jesus sent 
Him to the well to draw water, and by reason of the 
press of the multitude of people^ that were there the 
water-bottle was struck and was broken. Then Jesus 
spread out the garment which He had on Him, and 
He gathered up the water, and carried it to his mother. 
And Mary marvelled at the matter, and kept it in 
her heart. 

Now Joseph* was a carpenter, and he was wishing 
to make a bed, but one of the planks thereof was 
smaller in measure than its fellow.^ Then Jesus took 
hold of one end of it, and said to Joseph, "Take 
"thou hold of the other end of it," and Jesus having 
stretched Himself out on it made it equal in length 

^ In Pseudo-Matthew the speech of Jesus is much longer. 
2 See Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter XXXIII. This miracle took 
place when Jesus was six years old. 

* Pseudo-Matthew, "quidam ex infantibus impegerit eum." 

* See Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter XXXVII. 

^ Pseudo-Matthew, **contigit ut quidam juvenis illi faciendum 
**grabatum cubitorum sex demandaret. Et jussit Joseph puero suo 
"incidere lignum seca ferrea secundum mensuram quam miserat. 
"Qui non servavit defmitum sibi modum; sed fecit unum lignum 
"brevius altero." The rest of the story is much fuller in the Latin. 



76 JESUS VIVIFIES FIGURES OF ANIMALS. 

to its fellow. And Joseph said, *'Do now according 
"to Thy desire." 

And it came to pass at another time that Jesus 
went out and sowed a bushel of wheat, and it pro- 
duced a hundred measures of wheat; and He gave 
them to the dwellers in the village. 
Page 70 I And* it came to pass that when Jesus was about 
seven years old. He and the children who were His 
companions made figures in clay of horses, and mares, 
and oxen, and asses; and each child was saying, "Mine 
"is more beautiful than thine." Then Jesus said unto 
them, "If I command these My figures they will walk." 
And the other children said unto Him, "If Thou canst 
"do this thing then must Thou be the Son of the Crea- 
"tor." And Jesus gave them the word of command, 
and they walked; and Jesus said unto them, "Come," 
and they came. And Jesus formed sparrows, and spake 
unto them and they flew in the air; and when He 
gave them the word of command, they also alighted 
upon the ground. And He made figures of asses 
also, and having set chopped straw and barley be- 
fore them they ate, and they drank water. And the 
children went and made known to their parents every- 
thing that Jesus was doing, and they admonished them 
not to play with Jesus the Son of Mary.^ 

And"^ it came to pass that Jesus went out one day 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XXXVI. 

^ The Syriac version makes no mention of the episode of the 
dyer's shop which is related in the Gospel of the Infancy, Chap- 
ter XXXVII, and it has no equivalents for Chapters XXXVIII and 
XXXIX. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XL. 



CHILDREN TURNED INTO GOATS. 77 

and saw a company of children playing together, and 
He went after them, but they fled before Him, and 
went into a furnace. And Jesus came after them, 
and stood by the door [of a house], and said unto the Page 71 
women who were sitting there, "Where are the children 
"who came in here before Me?" And the women said 
unto Jesus, "No children came here." Then Jesus 
said unto them, "Then what are the beings that are 
"inside the house?" And the women said unto Him, 
"They are goats." And Jesus said unto them, "Let 
"the goats which are in the furnace go out to their 
"shepherds;" and there came forth from the furnace 
goats which leaped round about Jesus, and skipped 
joyfully. And when the women had seen what had 
taken place, they wondered, and great fear laid hold 
upon them. Then the women rose up and did homage 
unto Jesus, and they made supplication unto Him, 
saying, "O Jesus, Thou Son of Mary, Thou good 
"Shepherd of Israel, have compassion upon Thine 
"handmaidens ; for Thou didst come to heal and not 
"to destroy." And Jesus answered and said unto them, 
"Verily the children of Israel are like unto the Black 
"folk among the nations,* for the Black ones seize 
"the outer side of the flock and harass their Shep- 
"herd; even thus are the people of Israel." Then the 
women said unto Him, "Thy disciples could never 
"hide themselves away from Thee, and they could 
"never harass thee; for they perform Thy will, and 

^ Arab., **the children of Israel are among the nations like 

"[the people] of the Sudan," f, tb ^^ycj£J\ ^^ J-^\j^\ c^ O^ 

Ob>4*JU. The Arabic has no equivalent for the latter part of 
Jesus' speech. 



78 THE CHILD JESUS CROWNED KING. 

"they fulfil Thy commandments." And Jesus gave the 
word of command and said unto the goats, "Come, 
"O ye children, My playfellows, and let us play to- 
Page 72 "gether." And straightway, | whilst these women were 
looking on, they were changed from the similitude of 
goats and became children again. And they went after 
Jesus and from that day the children were .not able 
to flee from Jesus; and their parents admonished them, 
saying, "See that ye do everything that Jesus, the 
"Son of Mary, commandeth you to do." 

And* it came to pass that when it was the month 
of lyar, Jesus gathered together the children, and said 
unto them, "[Let us make unto ourselves a king]."^ 
And He set them upon the king's highway, and they 
spread their garments upon the ground, and they seated 
Jesus upon them; and they wove for him a garland 
of flowers like unto a crown, and they set [it] upon 
His head, and they stood before Him, a company^ 
upon His right hand, and a company upon His left 
hand, like the companies of soldiers who stand before 
a king. And every one that passed along the road 
they brought unto Jesus, saying, "Come, and offer 
**salutation unto the king." 

And^ there came along certain people who had with 
them a youth who was fifteen years of age, and he 
was called Simon. Now he had seen a bird's nest^ in 



^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XLI. 
^ This sentence is added from B, 

^ Literally, "companies, companies". The reading of B follows 
the Arabic more closely: — ^U-^ ^^^ A,a^.».> ^ ^^, cx^ >^5^' 
* See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XLII, 
^ Arab., "partridge's nest", ^J^^ o^* 



THE STORY OF SIMON ZELOTES. 79 

a tree,* and, thinking that there were young ones in 
it, he stretched out his hand [to take it], and a ser- 
pent bit him; and his parents took him up to carry 
him to a physician at Jerusalem. And as they were 
journeying along the way the children that were with 
Jesus saw them; and they said unto the travellers, 
"Come and see what the King wants | from you, and page 73 
"cry peace unto Him." Now the parents of Simon were 
weeping because their child was in such an evil case; 
for his arm had become greatly inflamed and swollen. 
And when they had come to Jesus, He said unto them, 
"Why do ye weep?" And they said unto Him, "Be- 
"cause of this our son. He went to take some young 
"birds [from a nest], and a serpent bit him." And 
when Jesus saw them He had compassion upon them, 
and He drew nigh and took hold of Simon's hand, 
and said unto him, "Art thou ready to be My disciple?" 
And straightway his arm ceased from troubling, and 
it became as if the serpent had never bitten it. Now 
the youth was he who was called Simon Zelotes by 
the Apostles, on account of the nest of birds.^ 

And after this thing there came a certain man from 
Jerusalem, and the children went out and laid hold 
upon him, and said unto him, "Come, and cry peace 
"to our King." And when he had come Jesus saw that 
a serpent encircled his neck, and sometimes it choked 
him, and sometimes it allowed him to breathe freely.^ 



' He had gone up into the mountain with some other boys to 
fetch some word, Ij^kai. v-^wcs-iJ J-^\ <J\ otw--oJ\ ^ JjXk5\. 

^ There is here a play on the words rdln "nest", and 
"Zelotes". 

^ Literally, "it set him free". 



8o 



THE SERPENT IN THE JAR. 



Page 74 



Then Jesus said unto him, "How long has this serpent 
"been on thy neck?" And the man said, "Three years." 
And Jesus said unto him, "Where did he [first] cling 
*to thee?" And the man said, "I treated him fairly 
'and well, but he hath rewarded me | evilly." And 
Jesus said unto him, "In what manner didst thou treat 
'him well? And how did he recompense thee evilly?" 
The man said unto him, "I found him in the winter 
'dried up by the cold, and I laid him in my bosom; 
'and when I went into [my] house, I put him in an 
'earthenware jar,' and fastened up the mouth thereof. 
'And it came to pass that when the summer had come, 
'I opened the mouth of the jar, and brought him out, 
'whereupon he leaped upon my neck and coiled him- 
'self round it. And he inflicteth severe pain upon me, 
'and I have not yet been able to deliver myself from 
'him." Then Jesus said unto him, "Thou hast behaved 
'badly and hast treated him badly, though thou knowest 
'it not. God created the serpent in the dust, so that he 
'might crawl about in the dust and live therein; and 
'sometimes he is cold and sometimes he is hot. Thou 
'shouldst have left him in the earth to come to life 
'[again], even as he was created by God to do; but 
'thou didst take him and put him in a jar without 
'food, and herein didst thou treat him badly". Then 
Jesus said unto the serpent, "Come down from this 
"man, and go and live in the earth;" and the ser- 
pent uncoiled himself, and came down from the man. 
And the ipan said unto Jesus, "Verily thou art a 
"King, and the King of kings ; for every worker of 



I B, ^'silver jar". 



THE CHILD WHO FELL FROM THE ROOF. 8 1 

'^magic, and every rebellious creature is obedient unto 
'^Thee."' 

And it came to pass after this thing that, behold, Page 75 
a young man who had been lain upon an ass came 
to Jesus, and there was with him an old man who 
was supporting him and weeping. And Jesus saw him, 
and was sorry for him, and He said unto him, 'What 
"aileth thee, O aged one, that thou weepest? And 
"what is the reason of thy weeping?" Then the old 
man said unto him, "How is it possible for me to help 
"weeping and choking myself with tears, for I have 
"no other son to work for me, and no one to give me 
"food, nor hath his mother who is an aged woman, 
"except this youth whom thou seest. Thieves fell upon 
"him, and stripped him, and dealt him many blows, 
"and beat him, and then left him like a dead man, 
"and went away." And Jesus had compassion upon 
that old man, and He laid His right hand upon the 
youth, and straightway he was healed of his sickness ; 
and he came down off the ass, and walked away 
and went to his house. 

And^ it came to pass a few days afterwards that 
certain children were playing together upon a very 
high roof, and that one of them fell down and died; 
and the children said to one another, "Come, let us 
"say that he was thrown over by Jesus the Son of 
"Mary." Then were Jesus, and Mary, and Joseph 
seized for the murder of the child, and they carried 

' By **Thy kingdom is received by all the workers of magic and 
"by all the rebellious beings". A very much shorter form of this 
story appears to exist in Evang. Infantiae, Chai>ter XLIII. 

^ See Evang. Infantiae, Chapter XLIV. 

6 



82 JESUS RAISES BUZA FROM THE DEAD. 



Page 76 I them before the governor; and the children bore 
witness before the governor against Jesus, saying, 
"It was He who threw him down." And the gover- 
nor said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, 
"and a life for a life." And when they had deliver- 
ed Jesus to the governor, He answered and said to 
the judge, "If I raise up this child, and he shall say 
"that I did not throw him off the roof, what wilt thou 
"do to those who have borne false witness against 
"me?" And the governor answered and said unto 
Jesus, "If Thou canst do this thing Thou shalt go forth 
"free, and they shall be condemned." Then Jesus 
said unto the child who was dead, "Buza, Biiza,* was 
"it I who threw thee off the roof?" And the dead 
child answered and said, "God forbid! O my Lord 
"Jesus, Thou didst not throw me off the roof, for Thou 
"wast not there when they did it;^ those who threw 
"me down have borne false witness against Thee." 
Then Jesus drew nigh and took Bliza by the hand, 
and raised him up on his feet; and the enemies of 
Jesus were put to shame, for all those who saw this 
marvelled and wondered, and ascribed glory unto 
God. And they said, "Verily God is with this Child; 

Page 77 "what will become | of Him?" Now Jesus was twelve 
years old when He wrought this miracle. 

Now when war broke out against the children, 
and they were about to be slain by Herod, the mother 



^ Arab., "O Zeno, O Zeno'', c>y^o ^' ^^^o ^'* 
2 Arab., **0 my Lord, Thou didst not throw me down; nay, 
*'it was so and so who cast me down" CU3\ ^^_^^JU^j U ^3*X;^ b 



JESUS AND NATHANIEL. 83 

of Nathaniel took him, and set him* up in a fig-tree, 
and she covered him with the leaves thereof. And 
when he came to Jesus to see him, Jesus answered 
and said unto him, "Behold a child of Israel in whom, 
**verily, there is no guile." And Nathaniel said unto 
him, "Where didst Thou know me?" Then Jesus said 
unto him, **I saw thee before Philip called thee, when 
"thou wast under the fig-tree." And Nathaniel went 
and told his mother everything which Jesus had nar- 
rated unto him; and his mother said unto him, "Verily, 
"my son, this is the Messiah for Whom creation waiteth." 

And it came to pass when Jesus was about twenty 
years old that He used to go continually into the 
synagogues, and ask the doctors questions, and He 
was also asked questions by them; and they were 
astonished at the words of grace which came forth 
from His mouth. And many said, "God speaketh by 
"the mouth of this young man, and he shall be great 
"in favour with God and man." 

And it came to pass when Jesus was about thirty 
years old, and before He had been baptized by John, 
that He wrought this miracle in the city of Nain. 
The son of the governor | of Nain was dead. Now Page 78 
when his father died he left him, being a little child, 
to his mother; and his mother brought him up to 
take his father's place ;^ now his father was of noble 
and distinguished family,^ and no man dared to sit 

in his place. And all the people of Nain were subject 

« 

^ Literally, "she hung him". 

2 Literally, "to be in his father's place". 

^ B, "Because of the greatness, and sovereignty of his father, 

"and his exalted family." 

6* 



84 THE SON OF THE WIDOW OF NAIN. 

unto the widow whilst they were waiting for the boy 
to grow up and to sit in his father's place, and to 
take his father's dominion. And when the son was 
two-and-twenty years old his mother betrothed unto 
him a bride, but when she wished to make the mar- 
riage-feast for him, he fell sick. And his mother 
brought many physicians unto him to heal him, but 
they were not able to do so. And great sorrow reign- 
ed over the city of Nain, and over the dominions 
thereof, by reason of the [sickness of the] young 
man whom they expected to become their prince and 
governor; and, behold, the young man lay under the 
yoke of death. And both men and women were suf- 
fering more pain than his mother. Now Jesus, Who 
knoweth all mysteries, knew of him also, but He did 
not wish to heal him; for He desired to shew forth 
His power in him so that the children of men might see 
and might believe in Him. And when the young man 
was dead, his mother prepared for him a place in 
Page 79 which to He outside | the graveyard. And it came to 
pass that as they were carrying the bier of the young 
man, and were going forth from the gate of the city — 
now there were many people there from every district 
and city — Jesus said unto them, ^*Put down the bier 
"upon the ground.'" Then He took the young man 
by his hand, and said unto him, "I say unto thee, O 
"young man that sleepest, arise, and wake up." Then 
he awoke and stood up, and Jesus took him by his 
hand and set him upon his feet, and gave him to 



^ B adds, "And I will bring him to life. And when they had 
lifted the young man down from the bier, He took him," etc. 



THE BAPTISM OF JESUS. 85 

his mother who, together with all those who were 
looking on, worshipped Him. And in order that [the 
people] might not think that the matter was one of 
error, Jesus said unto them, "Bring me one hundred 
"loaves of bread,* and eat all of you, and rejoice ye 
"with great gladness." And nations and peoples gave 
praise unto Him, and said, "Jesus, the Son of Mary, 
"changeth grief into gladness." And Jesus went into 
the city of Nain with them, and He healed all those 
who were sick therein. 

Then certain people went from Nain unto John at 
the river Jordan, | and they testified before him and Page 80 
said, "We have seen Jesus Who cried unto a dead 
"man in the graveyard and made him to live again; 
"and, behold. He is now with him eating and drink- 
ing." And John sent two of his disciples unto Jesus, 
and said unto Him, "Art thou he that should come, 
"or must we look for another?"^ And Jesus answer- 
ed and said unto the disciples of John, "Go ye and 
"tell John everything which ye have seen and heard;" 
and they went and told everything which Jesus had 
done in Nain. 

And it came to pass that in the three hundred 
and thirty-fourth year of Alexander, on the sixth day 
of the latter Kanun,"^ Jesus came unto John to be 
baptized by him. And with the eye* of the Spirit 

^ Literally, "one hundred tables"; for rC^ read r^rtsn. jff reads, 
"Bring ye a table of bread". 

^ B adds, "Now one of them was Stephen, the deacon and 
"martyr, and [the other was] Ananias (see Acts IX. 10; XXII. 12) 
"who baptized Paul". 

^ /. e,, January. 

* B, "by the might of the Spirit". 



86 THE FEAST AT CANA OF GALILEE. 



John saw Jesus as He was coming, and the heavens 
and the earth were filled with light from the face of 
Jesus, like unto that which cometh from a star that 
appeareth in the day-time; and the eyes* of beings of 
flesh were not able to look upon the splendour of Jesus. 
And John was afraid, and he began to make suppli- 
cation unto Jesus, saying, "Master, all creation seek- 
**eth pardon from Thee, and it entreateth for pity. 
Page 8i "Yet how | is it that Thou dost ask baptism from 
"me?" And Jesus said unto him, "For this have I 
"been sent, and for this have I come; perform, then, 
"and complete, and fulfil the work for which I have 
"been sent." And when Jesus went down to the bap- 
tism, John saw that the heavens were opened unto 
Him, and that the Spirit came down upon Him in the 
form of a white dove; and the voice of the Father 
was heard from above, saying, "This is My beloved 
"Son in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him." 
And great fear fell upon those who were there; and 
Jesus went up from the water and commanded His 
disciples that they should be baptized. 

And it came to pass that three days after His bap- 
tism there was a feast in Cana of Galilee; and they 
invited Jesus, and His disciples, and His mother there- 
to. And when the guests had taken their places at 
the feast, they were lacking wine. Now Mary was 
relying upon the power of Jesus, and she said unto 
Him, "My Son Jesus, they have no wine." And He 
said unto her, "Woman, what have I to do with thee? 
"My hour is not yet come." And Mary said unto those 

^ Read rdl^^, with B. 



SATAN TEMPTS JESUS. 87 



who ministered [unto them], '^Whatsoever He telleth 
*'you to do, that do." And Jesus commanded | the Page 82 
servants to fill the water-pots with water, and they 
filled them to the brim. And Jesus said, "Pour out 
**the water and give the guests to drink." And they 
began to do so, beginning with the governor of the 
feast. And when the governor of the feast had tast- 
ed it, he said unto the bridegroom, "Every man first 
"of all bringeth forth the good wine, and when the 
"guests have drunk deeply thereof he then bringeth 
"forth that which is less good; but thou hast kept 
"the good wine until the last." And the bridegroom 
said unto him, "I do not know whence cometh this 
"wine." Then the chief cup-bearer answered and said 
unto the governor of the feast, "Verily the bride- 
"groom knoweth not, but we know that this wine 
"was water, and that Jesus, the Son of Mary, changed 
it into wine." And everyone who was there glorifi- 
ed God. This is the first miracle which Jesus wrought 
after His baptism. 

And it came to pass that when eleven days of the 
latter Kantin had passed after the feast of Cana, 
Jesus went into the wilderness to wage war with 
Satan; and when He had fasted eleven days, Satan 
came unto Him to tempt Him, and to make war with 
Him by means of the desire for bread. And Satan 
said unto Jesus, "Why | fastest Thou? And why art Page 83 
"Thou hungry? Make these stones bread, and eat, 
"even as Thou hast made water into wine." And 
Jesus answered Satan, saying, "Man liveth not by 
"bread alone, but by every word which cometh forth 
"from the mouth of God." And Satan and his power 



88 SATAN TEMPTS JESUS. 

were put to shame, and Jesus was victorious in this 
first strife. 

And when the beginning of the month Sh^bat had 
come, that is to say, the middle of the fast, Satan 
came to tempt Jesus, and to wage war with Him by- 
means of the lust for money. And he fashioned and 
made up phantasms, and said unto Jesus, '*The whole 
"world, and all that therein is, hath been delivered 
"unto me, and I can deliver it over and give it unto 
"whomsoever I please; if Thou wilt fall down and 
"worship me, I will give it unto Thee," And Jesus 
said unto him, "It is written,* Thou shalt worship the 
"Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." 
Thus Satan and his hosts that were looking on were 
put to shame, for Jesus had vanquished them in two 
strifes. 

And it came to pass that when Jesus had fasted 
twenty days of the latter Kanun, and twenty days 
of the month Sh^bat, He went up at the end of His 
fast to the pinnacle of the temple of Jerusalem. And 
Satan came, and stood below Him on the ground. 
Page 84 and answered and said unto Jesus, | "Cast Thyself 
"hence upon the ground, for it is written, 'He shall 
"give his angels charge concerning thee, to bear thee up 
"upon their arms, lest thy foot stumble upon a stone'." 
And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Get thee 
"behind me, Satan, for it is written, 'Thou shalt not 
"tempt the Lord thy God'." And Satan and his 
hosts were put to shame, for Jesus had conquered 
them in three strifes. 

' Deuteronomy VI. i3; St. Matthew IV. 10. 



JESUS IS CRUCIFIED. 89 



Now after His fast He made the daughter of Jai- 
rus to live, and then He chose disciples to go with 
Him. Then He began to do those miracles which 
are written in His Gospel; yet the disciples did not 
write all of them, but only those which they saw with 
their own eyes and heard of with their own ears. 

And it came to pass in the three hundred and 
thirty-sixth year of Alexander, that the priests, and 
Pharisees, and Sadducees became envious of Him; 
and they set Him up before Pilate to be judged. 
Now Pilate was innocent of His blood, for he found 
neither blemish nor sin in Him. And he delivered 
Him unto them amid a great tumult of people who 
were all crying out, and bearing testimony against 
Him, saying, "He is guilty of death." Thus they re- 
ceived His blood upon themselves and upon their 
children. And on the thirtieth day of the month Adar, 
on the day of the eve of the Sabbath, at the ninth 
hour, they crucified Him upon a cross with thieves. 
And when the sun had set, Joseph went to Pilate and 
asked for the body of Jesus, and he swathed it with 
clothes I made of precious stuffs, and he embalmed page 85 
Him with myrrh and aloes. Now the myrrh was that 
which the Magians of Persia had brought prophe- 
tically, and it had been laid up by Mary, His mother, 
in the vessel in which they had brought it until that 
hour. So Joseph, having swathed the body of Jesus, 
laid it in his own grave, which was in a new cave 
which had been dug in his own garden. And the 
priests, and Sadducees, and Pharisees went to Pilate 
and said unto him, "O our Lord, this [Man] Whom 
"we have crucified was worthy of death, and He was 



90 JOSEPH IS CAST INTO PRISON. 



"deserving of the death of the cross, for He preach- 
"ed concerning Himself, saying, *I am a king'. And 
"He was also worthy of death because He abrogat- 
"ed the law of Moses, (now thou thyself dost know 
"that God spake with Moses), and because He made 
"Himself out to be God, and because He was pro- 
"claiming concerning Himself, saying, *I am a king.' 
"On thy behalf and on thy account we killed Him. 
"And He was wont to say, when He was alive, to 
"His disciples, 'In three days I will rise again from 
"the dead'. And now, O our Lord the king, set watch- 
"men over His grave. And as for Joseph who reared 
"him, bind him in fetters and shut him up in prison 
"until the next three days are passed, lest Joseph 
Page 86 "and His disciples go | by night and steal Him and 
"say, *He hath gone forth from the grave and hath 
"risen from the dead'; and the last error shall be greater 
"than the first." Then Pilate said, "I am innocent of 
"the blood of Jesus, the Son of Mary;" and they 
said, "His blood be upon us, and upon our children." 
And Pilate said unto them, "Since ye take upon 
"yourselves His blood. His judgment also is given 
"unto you. Go ye and take good heed unto Him, 
"even as ye know how." And they went forth from 
Pilate, having been put to shame. 

And they took companies of soldiers from Pilate,' 
and they went and seized Joseph and cast him into 
prison;^ and they sealed-^ the grave and set seventy 

^ B reads, "And guards and soldiers went forth from Pilate, 
"and they went and took him". ^ ^^ "fetters". 

^ B^ "And they bound him in prison by himself, and they shut 
"the door of the prison and sealed it". 



JESUS RISES FROM THE GRAVE. 91 

men as watchmen over it, and they wove a plot* to 
kill Joseph in prison, and to burn the body of Joseph 
with fire. But these men who had been put to shame 
did not know that they themselves were about to be- 
come witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus by reason 
of their own shame of face. And they gathered them- 
selves together and made themselves into two com- 
panies, the one consisting of scribes and Pharisees, 
and the other of Sadducees and Jews; now the Jews 
and Sadducees were the guardians of the body of 
Jesus, and the scribes and Pharisees were the guard- 
ians of the house of Joseph. And it came to pass that 
when it was the fourth watch | of the night of the Page 87 
first day of the week, which is the first day of the 
month Nisan, a great earthquake took place, and the 
angels came down, company after company, to the 
grave of Jesus, which they surrounded like the soldiers 
who stand round about a king to do him honour. 
And behold the archangel Gabriel descended like 
lightning from heaven, and the guardians of the grave 
became like dead men through fear. And when Jesus 
rose from the grave, the angels bowed the knee and 
worshipped Him because of the victory which had 
come through Him to all the children of men, and 
because of the vivification which He had wrought by 
His hand for all the race of Adam, and because of 
the renewal of the companies of the angels. And the 
guardians saw that Jesus had risen from the grave, 
and that the sealings and the marks of the seals were 
not destroyed. 

' B^ "against Joseph, saying, *Let us slay Joseph secretly, on 
"the morning of the first day of the week in prison* " etc. 



92 JESUS APPEARS TO THE MARIES. 

And Jesus went to Joseph whilst those who were 
guarding Joseph were keeping their watch, and they 
saw that a great light had risen upon them. And they 
saw the prison in which Joseph had been bound lifted 
up into the air about fifteen cubits, both the building 
and the seals thereof; and they saw Joseph standing 
upon the upper ground in the light of the appearance 
of Jesus. Now the face of Jesus was like unto the sun. 
And the fetters of Joseph fell from him, and Jesus said 
unto him whilst all the guardians were listening, "Get 
"thee to thy house, O Joseph;" and with the end of 
the speech of Jesus, Joseph and Jesus were hidden 
Page 88 from before the eyes of the guardians. | And they 
found the house standing upon the ground again with 
its door and with the fastenings of the seals [unbroken]. 
And the guardians of Joseph marvelled, and they said 
unto each other, "Verily this Jesus is the Christ for 
"Whose coming all creation waiteth." And Jesus re- 
turned to the garden, and was walking about in the 
midst thereof. 

Then the guardians answered and said unto each 
other, "Rise up, and let us go to the city. Why should 
"we watch an empty grave? Behold, He Whom we 
watch is walking about in the garden." And their com- 
panions said unto them, "Let us wait a little, and see 
"what will happen." And behold some women were 
coming: Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary the 
mother of Cleophas, and Mary the sister of Lazarus, 
and Mary the wife of Joseph, and P^roghitha, the 
sister of Mary, who is the mother of John the Less. 
And when Jesus saw them He went to meet them, and 
they thought that He was the gardener belonging to 



THE PHARISEES AND THE WATCHMEN. qS 

the garden, and said unto him, "Master, what have the 
'^guardians done with Jesus?" And Jesus said unto 
them, "I, even I, am He, for I have risen from the 
"grave and from the dead, even as I said unto you 
"aforetime ; but go ye and tell My brethren and My 
"disciples to go to Galilee, and there shall they see 
"Me." So the women went back with great joy to the 
disciples ; and they rejoiced and were exceeding glad. 

I And it came to pass that, when the guardians of ^^g^ ^9 
the grave saw Jesus and [heard] the things which He 
spake unto the women, they left the grave and went 
into the city, and they were marvelling and saying, 
"Verily Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the Christ for Whom 
"creation waiteth." And when the dawn of the first 
day of the week had come, the scribes, and the Pha- 
risees, and the Sadducees, and the Jews gathered 
themselves together, and the priests came and said 
unto the Jews, "Where is the body of Jesus?" And 
they said unto them, "Behold, [He is] in Galilee." 
Then the Pharisees and the scribes said unto the 
guardians, "We know that ye have taken a bribe from 
"the disciples of Jesus, and that ye have given His 
"body unto them, and that ye now proclaim with them 
"that He hath risen when He hath not risen. But we 
"know what it is meet to do unto you; we will deliver 
"you over to the hands of the judge who will take 
"away from you with stripes and punishments the bribe 
which ye have taken." Now the guardians of the grave 
of Jesus were Jews and Sadducees, and they told the 
scribes and Pharisees [who were the guardians of 
Joseph], that they had heard that Joseph had escaped 
from prison. And the Jews and Sadducees said unto 



94 STRIFE BETWEEN THE PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES. 

the scribes and Pharisees, "Deliver over to us Joseph 
"whom we delivered over to you, that we may give 

Page 90 "to you the body of Jesus, which | ye gave to us." 
And the scribes and Pharisees said, "Behold, Joseph 
"is in Ramah." And the Jews and Sadducees said, 
"Behold, Jesus is in Galilee." Then the Sadducees said 
unto the Pharisees, though they were not wishful so 
to do, "Ye say unto us that we have taken a bribe, 
"and that we have given away the body of Jesus ; 
"but who hath removed from you Joseph, whom we 
"delivered over unto you ? Give us the man whom 
"we delivered over unto you alive, and come and 
"take the dead and crucified body which ye gave unto 
"us." And the scribes said, though they were not 
wishful so to do, "O men and brethren, Joseph, whom 
"ye delivered over unto us, hath the dead Jesus, 
"[Whom] we received from your hands, taken out of 
"our hands." And the Sadducees said, "Now is certain 
"unto us that which we ourselves have said, *Jesus 
"hath risen from the dead';" thus they themselves 
proclaimed concerning the resurrection of Jesus, and 
• they became true witnesses through their own un- 
trustworthiness. And strife and a great tumult broke 
out among them, and they fought one against the 
other. And when the priests saw the great tumult 
which had broken out among them, they made the 
bands of men on both sides to keep the peace. And 
they cried unto the guardians of the grave and the 
guardians of Joseph, -a^d said unto them, "Know ye 

Page 91 "what I ye are testifying against yourselves? Ye have 
"taken the Man, and ye have borne witness against 
Him that He was guilty of death; and ye have taken 



JESUS MEETS THE DISCIPLES. 95 



"upon yourselves and upon your children His blood. 
"And behold, ye have made yourselves guilty, and 
"ye have made yourselves participators in innocent 
"blood; and the government will seize you and will 
"pillage your houses." And the Pharisees and Sad- 
ducees said, "What shall we do unto you? Ye say 
"unto us, *Ye have taken a bribe', but we have not 
"taken a bribe, and we are not conscious of having 
"done anything wrong; and ye do us harm. And we 
"have told you the whole truth, even as it happen- 
"ed." Then the priests said unto them, "Be ye silent 
"now, and hold your peace about this matter, and 
"take ye a bribe, and say ye unto every man, 'The 
"'disciples of Jesus stole Him by night whilst we 
"'were asleep'. And if this report be heard in the 
"governor's presence we will persuade him that the 
"matter was so, and to you will we cause no injury 
"whatsoever." And so the priests spread abroad this 
j-umour among the Jews until this day. 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee where 
Jesus had appointed to meet them, and they saw Him, 
and rejoiced exceedingly at the sight of Him, both 
themselves and the women who had become His dis- 
ciples, during the whole of the first day of the week. 
And on the morning | of the second day of the week Page 92 
they returned to the upper chamber in Jerusalem,' 
where they had been from the first, even as Jesus 
had commanded them; and Mary and those who be- 
lieved on Christ were constant in prayer in the cave 



' By "They went back to Jerusalem through the operation of 
**the Holy Spirit." 



96 THE ASCENSION OF JESUS. 

of the tomb of Jesus. And Jesus appeared unto the 
disciples in the upper chamber, the doors thereof 
being closed. And on the first day of the week which 
was after the Resurrection He appeared unto two 
disciples as they were going along the road; and 
He caused them to be certain* concerning His resur- 
rection, and also Thomas by the touching of His side. 
And He used to visit His disciples continually, and 
He made them to be certain about Him, and He con- 
soled them by the sight of Himself until the end of 
forty days. 

And it came to pass on the fifth day of the week, 
on the tenth day of the month tyar, that He invited 
the disciples, and the women who had become His 
disciples, and sent them to the Mount of Olives, 
where He gave them spiritual commandments, and 
[ordered them] to remain in the upper chamber in 
Jerusalem for ten days, until they received the Holy 
Spirit; then were they to go forth and preach His 
Gospel among all nations. And whilst they were look- 
ing on. He separated himself from them, and ascend- 
ed into heaven, and a cloud received Him and He 
was hidden from their eyes. And they went back [to 
Jerusalem being sorrowful, and they were weeping 
because He had been separated from them; and they 
Page 93 remained ten | days in the upper chamber in Jerusa- 
lem. And it came to pass on the twentieth day of 
the month lyar, on the morning of the first day of 
the week, that the Spirit Paraklita^ descended upon 



^ Read liz^O, and oiiz^O in note 8. 

?■ "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost'' ; see St. John XIV. 26. 



THE PLOT TO KILL MARY. 97 

the disciples. ' And the Apostles went forth to the 
four quarters of the earth and preached His Gospel. 

And Mary^ remained in Jerusalem, and she was 
constant in prayer in the cave in the grave of Jesus; 
and multitudes of women used to go about with her, 
and many sick folk were healed there. ^ Now when 
the unbelieving Jews saw that the Messiah had risen 
from the dead, and that He had ascended into heaven, 
and that He had sent the gift of the Spirit unto His 
disciples, and that they were preaching His Gospel 
unto the Nation^ and unto the Gentiles, and that 
honour was being paid unto Mar)'-, they became mad 
and inflamed with envy. And they gave a bribe to 
the judge, and they set watchmen over the cave of 
the grave of Jesus, so that the children of men might 
not go and pray there; and against the cave they 
heaped up many stones, and they closed it carefully. 
And they made crafty plans to kill Mary,^ the mother 
of our Lord. And they commanded the watchmen 
who were keeping guard there that if Mary came to 
pray, one of their number was to come and inform 
them. 

And it came to pass that when the eve of the 
Sabbath^ had come, Mary went and offered up in- 

' B adds, "and they received the gift, and they enriched many, 
"and many believed in our Lord." On that day, etc. 

^ See Tischendorf, Johannis Idher de Dormitione Mariae^ Leipzig, 
1866. 

* B adds, "Mary was honoured by every man". 

* /. ^., the Hebrew nation. 

^ B adds, "and to burn her with fire". In note 12 to the Syriac 
text for "omits" read "adds". 

^ Gr. Mta Se twv i^ixspwv, TCapaaxeu^*; o{)(n;(;. 

7 



98 MARY AND GABRIEL. 

cense, ' and prayed, and she saw that the sweet smell 
Page 94 ascended | into heaven, and that it went in through 
the door thereof. And behold the Watcher Gabriel 
came down to her, and said unto her, "Peace be 
"unto thee, O thou who art blessed among women. 
"Thy prayer hath been received before God and 
"thou thyself art blessed because thou art prepared 
"to depart from this world unto never-ending life. At 
"the very moment in which thou pray est upon the 
"earth thou art answered in heaven; and every thing 
"which thou askest shall be given unto thee." Now 
the women that were with Mary heard the voice of 
the angel, but they did not see him. Then Mary re- 
turned from the grave in great joy, and she was 
greatly honoured by the women who were waiting 
to see her on every side, and they were saluting 
Mary's garments, and they were bowing down in 
homage to her, and were kissing her feet; and the 
women related in Jerusalem every thing which the angel 
had spoken unto Mary. 

Then the watchmen went unto the chief priests, and 
said unto them, "Mary hath been with other women, 
"and hath prayed at the grave." And the chief priests 
went to the governor, and gave him a bribe, and they 
sent out heralds through all Jerusalem, saying, "Who- 
"soever shall pray at the grave of Jesus, whether it 
Page 95 "be man or | whether it be woman, his blood be upon 
"his own head, and his death shall be^ by stoning 
"with stones." And they set watchmen over Mary, 



^ Literally, **laid incense"; B adds, "on the fire". 
2 Read f^ncoi. 



MARY AND THE MARIES GO TO BETHLEHEM. 99 

SO that if they found her nigh unto the grave of 
Jesus they might stone her with stones. But Mary 
knew the guile of the Jews, and she left Jerusalem, 
and went to her house in Bethlehem; and the virgins 
who were the daughters of princes and nobles, and 
who ministered unto her, went with her. And one 
of these was the daughter* of Nicodemus^ who became 
a disciple of Jesus; and [another was] Neshri^ the 
daughter of Gamaliel,^ the chief of the synagogue, 
at w^hose feet Paul was brought up; and [another 
was] Tabitha, the daughter of Komnitos the Greek, 
the kinsman of Arbolos the king, who was of the 
family of the wicked Nero ; and there were many other 
women with Mary whose names have not been written 
down. And they went about with Mary, saying, "We 
"will not separate from thee, O Mary, blessed mother, 
"except through death." And they used to say unto 
her, "How couldst thou conceive, and bring forth, 
"without union with man?'' And they used to talk 
about the history of Jesus all day and all night long, 
and upon Him they used to meditate. 

Now the believing folk who remained in Jerusalem 
were wont to give a bribe to the watchmen, and 
they used to go secretly and pray | at the grave of Page 96 
Jesus; and multitudes of sick people were healed there. 
And when the unbelieving Jews saw that mighty 
works were being wrought there, they gathered them- 
selves together and made a plot. And they went and 

1 B has **daughter-in-law" (f^id^). 

2 See St. John III. i; VII. 50; XIX. 39. 
^ Added from B. 

* See Acts XXII. 3. 



lOO LETTER OF ABGAR TO SABINUS. 

took the three crosses, and the nails, and the spear, 
and the reed on which they gave Him the sponge 
of vinegar, and the crown of thorns which they had 
woven for Jesus, and they dug a hole in the ground, 
and buried them in it. And they said, "Here are 
"buried the Book of Moses, and the box of manna, 
"and the rod of Aaron, and the mantle of Elijah;" 
and people went to the grave and took away some 
of the dust which was there, and all such as had 
diseases were healed. And when the unbelieving Jews 
saw that mighty works were being wrought at this 
place, they set watchmen who were not to let the 
people pray there, nor to take away dust from the 
place unless they each would confess and say, "I 
"have received healing through the Book of Moses, 
"and through the box of manna, and through the rod 
"of Aaron, and through the mantle of Elijah." 

And it came to pass that after these things Abgar, 
the king of Edessa, heard of what the Jews had done 
unto Jesus, and he wished to go up against Jerusa- 
lem, and to destroy it, and to kill the children of 
Israel. And he meditated and wrote a letter^ to Sa- 
Page 97 binus, | the prefect of the Emperor Tiberius, and he 
wrote therein, saying, "Abgar, the son of Mani, the 
"king of Edessa, to thy Majesty the Emperor Tibe- 
"rius, greeting ! Thou art the Emperor, and thou hast 
"dominion over Jerusalem. I entreat thee, therefore, 
"to pass sentence of punishment, and to take ven- 
"geance upon the Jews, the children of Jerusalem, 



^ See Abgar's letter and the answer of Tiberius Caesar printed 
in Phillips, The Doctrine of Addaty pp. 36, 37. 



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SABINUS AND THE PHARISEES. lOI 

"because they have slain Jesus the Messiah, Who 
"was guilty of no offence and Who had done no- 
rthing wrong. On the contrary, He was a righteous 
"Man, and He raised the dead, and He opened the 
"eyes of the blind, and He cleansed the lepers, and 
"He did that which was good unto all the children 
"of men. But the Jews gathered themselves together, 
"and without the command of thy Majesty condemned 
"Him to death in their envy, and they crucified the 
"Man." And when Sabinus had read the letter which 
Abgar had sent him, he was exceedingly angry with- 
in himself, and he wished to go up against Jerusa- 
lem, and to destroy it with the edge of the sword, 
and to kill all the children of Israel. Then the Jews 
that were in Jerusalem heard of this, and they were 
afraid of him with an exceedingly great fear, and 
they collected rich and costly presents, and very many 
gifts, and they sent certain of the priests, and certain 
of I the Pharisees, with them unto him. And they Page 98 
wrote unto him, and sent letters, saying, "O lord 
"our Emperor, we waged war against this Jesus, and 
"we contended with Him on behalf of thee, and on 
"behalf of thy Majesty, because He used to pro- 
"claim concerning Himself, saying, *I shall be king,' 
"and because He disturbed thy kingdom." And by 
this means and by the great gifts which they sent 
they quieted his impulse to go up against Jerusalem. 
And it came to pass that the Apostles had gone 
into the four quarters of the world, but Mary remain- 
ed in Jerusalem, mourning because of her separation 
from our Lord, and because of the remoteness of the 
Apostles from her and from the place where she was. 



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• • • 



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•• • •••• •.•!• • •:: • •• ! 

ibV" mafTy prays for the coming of the apostles. 

And she prayed unto God, and she put incense on 
the fire, and she lifted up her eyes, and she spread 
out her hands towards heaven, and said, "O Christ, 
"the Son of the Living God, hearken unto the prayer 
"of Thine handmaiden, and send unto me John the 
"Less, and the Apostles his companions, so that I 
"may see them and may be consoled by the sight 
"of them before the day of my departure; and I 
"will give thanks and worship Thy goodness/" And 
"straightway it was revealed unto the Apostles by 
"the holy Spirit, even unto each one of them in the 
"place wherein he was, that the mother of our Lord 
"was about to depart from this world to the life 
Page 99 "which nevcr endeth. And the | Holy Spirit made 
"known to them all in a revelation that on the morn- 
"ing of the morrow they should all be gathered to- 
"gether unto Mary.^ 

^ See the passage in Tischendorf, Liher de Dormitione Mariae, 
p. 97, beginning x,upte |xou 'IyjctoO Xptore, 6 xaTa^iwaai; Sta ty)v axpav 
h{ci.^bvr{Z(k crou s^ £(jloO TS/O^vai^ x,. t. X. 

2 For the text from p. 99, 1. 2 to p. 107, 1. 20, B has as the 
variant the following: — **And they came unto her, at the time of 
"dawn, each one of them from his country, by the operation of 
"the Holy Spirit, and they saluted Mary and did homage unto her, 
"and they saluted each other. Now when she saw them she did 
"homage and gave thanks unto our Lord. And she said unto 
"them, *How have ye been received in this world?' And the Apostles 
"said unto her, *We have been received wheresoever we have 
"'gone. Fear not, O blessed Mother, for the King Christ, Who 
"'sprang from thee, shall guard thee; and He shall take thee out 
"'from this world with great glory, and shall give thee happiness 
"♦in the mansions of His kingdom.' And Mary said, *I give thanks 
"'unto my Son Jesus for all the good things which He hath done 
"'for me, and still doeth.' Then the Apostles made known to Mary 
"concerning their coming unto her, which took place by the oper- 



MARY'S DEPARTURE IS TOLD TO THE APOSTLES. Io3 



And it came to pass that in the morning the bless- 
ed woman Mary laid incense upon the fire, and she 
prayed and said, "O my Lord, behold the people of 
*'the Jews wish to burn the body of Thine hand- 
"maiden, but fulfil not for them their desire; but my 
"desire for the coming of John the Less and of the 
"Apostles, his companions, do Thou fulfil." And as 
soon as her prayer was ended, the Holy Spirit re- 
vealed her wish unto John the Less whilst he was ^ 
preaching in Ephesus; now many people were gather- 
ed together round about him. And straightway the 
Spirit urged him, and said unto him, "To-day | is Page loo 
"the last day of the mother of thy Lord upon earth, 
"and she. is now about to depart from this world 
"unto everlasting rest, and she desireth earnestly to 
"see thee; arise, then, and go speedily, and see her 
"before she goeth out of the world." And it came 
to pass that whilst the Spirit was speaking unto him, 
he was seized bodily by the power of Christ, and 
with exceedingly great quickness and in the twink- 
ling of an eye he found himself in the presence of 
the blessed woman. And when he saw her lying 
upon her death-bed he was sorrowful, and he salut- 
ed her, and he did homage before her in faith. And 
the blessed woman rejoiced exceedingly at his com- 
ing, and she said unto him, "O John, the hour hasten- 
"eth, and there is no opportunity for talking. Rise 
"up, make ready the censer, and put incense therein, 

**ation of the Holy Spirit. And she rejoiced at the sight of them, 
"and was comforted, and gave thanks unto our Lord; and the 
"Apostles gave thanks unto our Lord because He had gladdened 
"them by the sight . of the blessed woman." 



I04 THE COMING OF THE APOSTLES. 

**for I am desiring to see all thy companions at the 
"same time as I see thee." Then the blessed woman 
straightened herself in her bed, and sat up, and she 
and John prayed together. And it came to pass as 
they were praying, that immediately the sweet smell 
of their censers had ascended, in that same moment 
the Holy Spirit made known [concerning the depar- 
ture of Mary] unto all the Apostles, unto each one 
in the country wherein he was, the living in the places 
where they were, and the dead in their graves. And 
the Spirit made known unto each one of them in his 
country, saying, "The mother of thy Lord departeth 
"this day from this world. Arise, go, salute her, and 
"see her, and be blessed by her holiness." And as soon 
as the Spirit had revealed the matter unto each one 
of them, immediately he appeared in the presence of 
the holy woman. 

Simon Peter, the chief of the Apostles, was teach- 
ing in Rome, where many people had been turned 
to the faith of God by his hand. And on the day 
when he was ending his discourse (now it was the 
time when he was about to break the Eucharist, when 
much people were gathered together to be blessed by 
him, and when he himself was offering the Offering, 
and at the time of the offering of the Offering, whilst 
he was kneeling before the altar,) the Holy Spirit re- 
vealed the matter unto him and said, "Leave thy 
Page 101 "Offering in the hands | of those who shall complete 
"it, and arise, go, and salute the mother of thy Lord, 
"for this day she departeth from this world." And whilst 
the words were in the mouth of the Spirit, Simon Peter 
found himself in the presence of the blessed woman. 



PETER, PAUL, THOMAS AND MATTHEW. 105 

And Paul, the Apostle, the teacher of the Gentiles, 
after he had taught in various cities, and had turned 
many people unto Christ, went down to the city of 
Tiberias; and he preached unto and taught all the 
people that were therein. And on that day he was 
oppressed in his speech, and whilst he was among 
the congregation his mind was perturbed, and it was 
revealed unto him in a revelation, saying, "The mother 
"of thy Lord is about to depart this day from this 
"earthly life unto the life and happiness which are 
* 'everlasting/' And when as yet the words of the 
Spirit were not ended, he found himself seized by 
the might of the Spirit, and carried away to the upper 
chamber where the blessed woman was lying. 

And the apostle Thomas, after he had taught the 
Indians, and the Chinese, and the Cushites, and [the 
people of] all the islands near and far, having cross- 
ed the sea in his [journeys to] preach, was one day 
preaching in India, when the Spirit revealed Himself 
in his heart, saying, "O Thomas, rise up, and go unto 
"Jerusalem, and see the Virgin before she departeth 
"from the world; and tarry not overmuch, for the 
"distance is great". And whilst he was thinking upon 
this thing, straightway he found himself standing be- 
fore the holy woman. 

And Matthew, one of the Evangelists, after having 
preached the Gospel of the glad tidings of Jesus in 
Judea, and in all the country of Palestine, was mind- 
ed to go and preach unto the other islands. And it 
came to pass that whilst he was travelling* on the 

' For r<l^ read f^i^. 



I06 THE COMING OF BARTHOLOMEW AND JAMES. 

sea in a ship, and was among the waves of the sea, 
the Holy Spirit made known unto him concerning 
the approaching death of the lady of peace; and 
from the midst of the ship the Spirit seized him and 
brought him unto the Virgin. 

And whilst Bartholomew was teaching in the city 
of Thebes,* the Spirit told him concerning the de- 
parture of the excellent woman; and he rose up 
quickly, and by the power of the Holy Spirit he was 
transported into Jerusalem unto the holy woman. 
Page 102 And James | the blessed Apostle, who was sur- 
named the brother of our Lord, was in Jerusalem. 
And whilst he was standing at his ministrations, the 
Spirit said unto him, "Go forth, and get thee gone 
"to Bethlehem, for the mother of our Redeemer shall 
"this day depart from the world; go thou, and be 
"blessed by her." And he went forth and departed, 
without having finished his ministrations, unto Bethle- 
hem, and he saw the blessed woman. 

O my brethren, that the Apostles who were alive, 
and who were gathered together by the might of our 
Lord, and who came, each one from the country 
wherein he was, in a moment, is indeed a most wonder- 
ful and marvellous thing, and one which the tongue 
cannot possibly tell. But it is a much more marvel- 
lous thing how the Apostles who had departed this 
life, and were dead and buried in their graves were 
brought to life in one moment; and how they were 
turned into living beings again; and how their bodies 



^ This name is probably a mistake; see my Book of the Bee, 
p. io6, note 3. 



THE COMING OF THE APOSTLES WHO WERE DEAD. 107 

were renewed; and how they cast off the dust into 
which they had turned; and how they were changed 
from beings of corruption into beings of incorruption ; 
and how they rose up, and went forth from their 
graves without thinking in their minds and saying, 
'*What can this thing be?" For they did not meditate 
in their minds, saying, "What is this matter ? And 
**for what reason are we removed from our graves?" 
Now, according to my opinion, they considered this 
removal to be the Resurrection, and they imagined 
that it was the quickening of the dead. But the 
Power which quickened them made them to under- 
stand that they must not delay, and that they must 
not imagine that the movement was the quickening 
of the dead, and that they must not think that it was 
the Resurrection. For it said unto them, '^Ye have 
"come to life that ye may hear this message, *The 
"^mother of your Lord is about to go forth from the 
"'world this day; rise up, and go forth out of your 
"^graves'." And as soon as they heard the word, 
the Spirit of the Lord seized them and bore them to 
the blessed Woman, and they were blessed by her. 

First of all unto Philip was it said in the grave, 
"O Philip, rise up from among the dead, for the 
"mother of thy Lord looketh [for thee];" and the 
Spirit like a bird took him, and bore him away unto 
the blessed woman, and set him down by her side. 

And Simon the Canaanite was dead also, but unto 
him likewise in the grave did the Spirit say, "The | 
"mother of thy Lord expecteth thee ; rise up, depart. Page io3 
and be blessed by her." And straightway he found 
himself by the side of the blessed woman. 



I08 THE COMING OFF THE APOSTLES WHO WERE DEAD. 

And Luke, the Apostle, one of the Evangelists, 
who had taught in Alexandria had been slain there 
because of his preaching, and therein had his body- 
been buried. And as he was lying in the grave, 
the Divine Power quickened him, and said unto 
him, **This day will the mother of thy Lord de- 
**part this life;" and whilst he was marvelling within 
himself, the nod of his Lord seized him, and carried 
him away and set him by the side of the couch of 
his Lady. 

Andrew, the brother of the blessed Peter, died in 
Byzantium, ' and being in the grave the Spirit quicken- 
ed him, and took him to the holy woman. 

Mark, the son of Simon Peter, had built a church 
in the city of Anzianzu, and having died his body 
was laid in it. And, though dead, he felt the motion 
of life, and the Spirit quickened him, and took him 
with power, and made him to come unto the place 
where the blessed and holy woman was. 

Thus the living went forth from the places where- 
in they were, anLd the dead arose from out of their 
graves, and in one moment they were all gathered 
together ; then straightway a chariot of light was yok- 
ed beneath them all, and by the might of the Spirit 
it bore them from afar off to the Virgin without la- 
bour and without weariness. And a cloud of light 
yoked itself unto the chariot beneath them, and they 
all sat thereon; and a pillar of light went before them. 
And the Archangel Gabriel ran before them, and 
Michael leaped before them and made smooth their 

^ Literally, "in this Byzantium". 



THE APOSTLES GREET MARY. IO9 

way; and David the king went before the Apostles 
of the blessed One, holding his harp and singing 
psalms, until they arrived at the upper chamber in 
which the Lady Mary was reclining. 

And it came to pass that when the Apostles arriv- 
ed at the upper chamber, they did homage before 
her, the mother of their Lord. And they saluted 
their Lady, and they embraced her, and they kissed 
her, and they shewed love unto the blessed woman 
because they saw her still alive. And the blessed 
woman Mary straightened herself, and sat up on her 
couch, and rejoiced with an exceedingly | great joy page 104 
by reason of the coming of the Apostles. And she 
said unto them, **Come in peace, O ye Apostles of 
**Christ, come in peace, O ye servants of the High- 
"est; our heart is to you, O ye chosen ones of the 
"Blessed One! How have ye fared in the world? 
"How have ye taught? How have ye preached? How 
"have ye made disciples? Have ye brought the Gen- 
"tiles nigh unto your Lord? Have ye turned all the 
"people of the world into members of the household 
"of Christ?" And the Apostles said unto the blessed 
woman, "By the help of thy Son, and by the might 
"of thy prayer we have fared well. And we have 
"made disciples and baptized many; and we have 
"brought the world to the belief of our Lord; and 
"we have preached His Name in the four quarters 
"of the earth. There remain neither kings nor gover- 
"nors whom we have not brought under the yoke of 
"Christ; behold. His Name is preached and praised 
"from one end of the earth even unto the other/' 
And when the blessed woman heard these things 



no THE PATRIARCHS COME TO MARY. 

she gave thanks unto the Lord, and blessed the 
Apostles. 

Then the Lady Mary commanded John, and said 
unto him, "Put incense [on the fire], for, behold, all 
"creation is about to arrive." And it came to pass 
that when John had put incense [on the fire], and 
whilst the Apostles were standing up, behold the 
mother of the holy woman Mary entered, and bowed 
the knee, and did homage unto her, and saluted her. 
And after a little while Elizabeth also entered, and 
saluted her and sat down; and afterwards Anna the 
prophetess entered also. And then there arrived at 
the door of the upper chamber the chariot of the 
Patriarchs, and our father Adam alighted therefrom, 
and entered in and did homage to the holy woman 
Mary. And after him there came Seth, and he knelt 
upon his knees before her; and then Noah and Shem 
did homage unto her. 

And next there came the chariot of the true be- 
lievers, with Abraham the righteous man, and Isaac 
his son, and Jacob the true believer. And then there 
entered in the Heart of God, the prophet David, the 
good king, with his harp in his hand; and he did 
homage before the blessed woman, and he sat down 
to sing psalms in her honour and to celebrate her 
glory. And they all said unto her, "Peace be unto 
"thee, O blessed woman;" and they did homage be- 
Page 105 fore her with reverence, | and they bowed their heads 
before her, and were blessed by her. 

And next there came a chariot which travelled 
along in ' a mass of fire, and the wheels thereof were 
of fire, and in it were seated all the prophets who 



THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM COME TO MARY. m 

had prophesied concerning the coming of Christ; and 
they, too, went into the chamber and saluted Mary. 

And next there came a chariot which was one 
blaze of light, and in it there sat the martyrs who 
had been slain for the hope of the kingdom; and 
they entered into the chamber, and did homage be- 
fore the glorious Virgin. 

And next there came the chariot of the Cherubim 
and of the Seraphim, and they did homage before 
her; there remained upon earth not a single righteous 
man, living or dead, who did not come to do honour 
to her departure; and there was not a spirit in heaven 
that tarried in coming to accompany her with honour. 

And after a little time the holy woman said unto 
John and unto all the Apostles, "Burn incense, and 
"go forth to meet your Lord, for, behold. He com- 
"eth". Then straightway were the heavens shaken, 
and the doors of the firmament were opened wide, 
and the earth reeled by reason of its quaking, and 
the hosts of heaven went forth through the gate of 
the firmament, glorifying the name of their King; and 
they were carrying trumpets, and they were singing 
psalms sweetly, and were praising His glory. And 
they were drawn up in companies, and the various 
squadrons of angels were ready to accompany their 
Lord as He went forth. Then suddenly thousands 
and tens of thousands of spiritual beings ran and 
took up their positions like pillars round about the 
upper chamber, and there came down from above an 
ark of fire and flame which overshadowed the blessed 
woman. And next there appeared the glorious chariot 
which bore within it Enoch, and Elijah, and Moses; 



I I 2 THE MEETING OF CHRIST AND MARY. 

and they came in and did homage unto the holy 
woman, and then they went forth to await their Lord. 
And next there appeared twelve legions of angels 
holding trumpets in their hands, and they blew blasts 
upon the horns, and they sounded their trumpets 
loudly. And it came to pass that at the blast of the 
horns and trumpets our Lord Christ revealed Him- 
self, and He was arrayed in a garment of glory, and 
Page io6 He bore | in His hands the emblem of the Cross. 
And all creation shone by reason of His splendour, 
and all created things ran to salute Him; and they 
all did homage before His chariot which was bril- 
liant with fire and with flame. And they all surrounded 
the chariot with shouts and with acclamations; and 
the chariot descended and alighted by the side of 
the place where the blessed woman was. And when 
the holy woman saw Him, she recovered her strength, 
and stood up, and blessed Him, and did homage 
unto Him. And our Lord cried unto His mother in 
that hour, and said unto her, "Mary!" And she made 
answer unto Him, saying, '*This is too great for me, 
"O my Lord and Teacher. But I have greatly long- 
ed to see Thee.'' And He said unto her, ''Behold 
"[Me]." And when she had looked and had seen 
Him, her soul rejoiced, for she saw upon Him glory 
and goodness which the mouth and tongue [of man] 
cannot describe. Then our Lord spake unto her in 
a sweet and gentle voice, saying, ''O My mother, I 
"am about to make thee to depart unto Paradise, 
"until I come at the last day, wherein I shall dis- 
"solve the heavens, and shall make the earth to pass 
"away, and wherein I shall bestow good things upon 



THE VIRGIN MARY'S PRAYER. 



Il3 



"My chosen ones, and inflict punishment upon the 
** wicked. On that day will I make thee to ascend 
**unto Me in My kingdom." 

And it came to pass that when Mary heard these 
things from her Son, she said unto him, "O my be- 
"loved Lord, stretch out Thine hand and lay it upon 
"my eyes;" and He stretched out His right hand 
and laid it upon her eyes. And she began to make 
entreaty and to say unto Him, "O my Son, make 
'Thou the memorial of Thine handmaiden' to be re- 
'membered even unto the end of the world. Receive, 
'O my Lord, the prayers and supplications of all 
'who call upon me in faith, and put Thou away from 
'them times of stress, and calamities, and punishments, 
'and famines, and afflictions, and plagues of every 
'kind. And upon all such as shall celebrate the com- 
'memoration of me, or who set apart for me an offer- 
'ing, let not the punishment of pestilence fall, and 
'let not sickness have dominion over their bodies. 
'And whenever those who believe in me shall have 
'desire for the house which shall be built in my name, 
'and shall make mention of me in their prayers, put 
'Thou away from them evil hap, and trials, and severe 
'sufferings. And upon the possessions of him that 
'shall set apart and shall give unto me an abundant 
'gift of that which belongeth unto him, let a bless- 
'ing rest, and let not the locust, and the insect which 
'layeth waste, appear in his fields | at any time, and Page 107 
'let not cold injure his vineyard and his crops. And 
'unto every one who, being in affliction, shall call 



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114 "^^^ VIRGIN MARY'S PRAYER. 

*upon my name, O Lord Christ, do Thou be unto 
*him a helper. And whosoever, having been seized 
*with sickness, shall make mention of my name, and 
*shall take refuge in me, heal Thou him, O my Lord, 
*in Thy mercy. And increase Thou the substance of 
'the rich men who shall honour me with their riches, 
'and bless Thou everything which they shall have. 
'And of the poor who shall take refuge in my prayers 
'fill Thou to overflowing the barns with grain, and do 
'Thou satisfy their hunger, and make Thou their stores 
'of food to be abundant. And let those who set out 
'on their journeys to travel by land, and who call upon 
'my name, be delivered from thieves; and let those 
'who travel on the sea in ships be saved from storms. 
'And unto the women who have been long barren, and 
'who wish to become the mothers of children, and who 
'call upon my name, O my Lord and my Son, grant 
'unto them the power to bring forth children and to 
'rear sons and daughters. And visit Thou the earth 
'with blessings, with fertile vineyards, and with abun- 
'dant crops, and with good things; and let peace reign 
'in all the inhabited world for ever and for ever!" 

And our Lord answered and said unto her, "O 

'My mother, whatsoever thou hast asked of Me I 

'will do, and I will also fulfill the petitions of any 

'one who shall call upon thee and shall take refuge 

'in thee, henceforth and for ever." And it came to 

pass that when my Lady Mary heard these things 

she laid her hands upon her breast, and delivered 

her soul unto her Son; and straightway He took it up 

with Him to the mansions of light. And the chariots 

were lifted up, and there was a great quietness, and 



THE PUNISHMENT OF THE JEWS. I I 5 

the odour of sweet scents breathed from the upper 
chamber in which Mary was lying. 

And it came to pass when the Jews saw that many 
mighty deeds were wrought on the day of the de- 
parture of Mary from the world (now at the very 
moment in which the blessed woman died all those 
who were in affliction had relief, and those who were 
sick were eased from their pains and were healed 
straightway), and that they could do no harm unto 
the body of the holy woman, and that works of help- 
fulness were flowing from the Cross and from the nails 
of our Lord out of the place wherein they were, | they Page io8 
desired to hide them from the children of men so 
that they might not be benefited by them.* Then the 
believing men who were in Jerusalem, and who were 
about fifty in number, went in to the judge of the 
city, and they related unto him concerning the truth 
of Jesus and the wicked acts of the Jews. And the 
judge sent by night for the chiefs of the Jews, and 
he smote them severely with blows, and admonished 
them that no man should do harm unto the Christians. 
Now the judge had an only son who was sick, and 
the physicians of Jerusalem were not able to heal 
him; and the judge said unto the believers, "I entreat 
**you to pray for my sick son." And they said unto 
him, "Carry him to Bethlehem to Mary and the Apostles, 



^ B reads, "But when the Jews saw that the name of Jesus 
"was honoured, and was exalted among all the nations, and that 
"benefits were flowing from the spot where the crosses were buried, 
"and the multitudes which believed on our Lord Jesus Christ, they 
"wished to hide the crosses from the children of men so that they 
"might not be benefited by them." 

8* 



I 1 6 THE GOVERNOR AND THE APOSTLES CONVERSE. 

"that they may lay their hand[s] upon him, and he 
"shall be healed/' Then the judge and his son rose 
up and they went to Bethlehem to Mary. And the 
judge said unto her, "Peace be unto thee, O thou 
"who art full of grace ! And peace be unto the Fruit 

Page 109 "of thy womb ! The tongue and the mouth | of flesh 
"are too weak to describe the glories of thy beloved 
"Son." Then the governor turned round and saw 
the Apostles sitting before the blessed woman, and 
he said unto them, "Peace be unto you, O ye Apostles 
"of the Blessed One, and peace be unto your Master 
"Who hath chosen you for His preaching!" And the 
Apostles said unto the governor, "And peace be unto 
"thee, and our Lord be with thee! We have heard 
"of all that thou hast done unto the Jews. And be- 
"hold, for five years have we been preaching the 
"Gospel of Jesus among all nations, and they have 
"turned from [their] error; but the nation of unbe- 
"lieving Jews hath not turned from their wickedness. 
"And this day we are gathered together, as thou 
"seest, unto this blessed Mother by the might of the 
"Holy Spirit. And there is here one whose country 
"is distant a journey of one year, and there is another 
"whose country is distant a journey of five months, and 
"yet in one night we have been gathered together to 
"the Mother of our Redeemer, that we might see her 
"and be blessed by her. And behold, she is about to 
"depart from the world, and it is meet for us to follow 
"in her train and to honour her with psalms of the 

Page no "Holy Spirit. It is meet that her holy body | should be 
"praised both by the children of men and by angels, 
"for in it dwelleth the Holy Spirit." 



THE GOVERNOR GOES TO ROME. I I 7 

And It came to pass that when the Apostles had 
said these things unto the governor, he did homage 
unto them, and he entreated from them the healing 
of his son; and the Apostles brought his son nigh 
unto the blessed woman Mary, and she stretched out 
as it were the similitude of her right hand, ' and strok- 
ed him, and he became as if he had never been ill 
at any time. And the governor marvelled, and glo- 
rified God by reason of all the things which his eyes 
had seen; and he went back to Jerusalem and nar- 
rated unto his companions every thing which he had 
seen. And a few days later he went up to Rome to 
Caesar the Emperor, and he related to the Emperor 
and to his nobles concerni^g the wickedness of the 
Jews, and concerning the mighty deeds which the 
blessed Lady Mary, the Mother of Christ, had wrought, 
and concerning the coming of the Apostles unto her. 
And the believers who were in Rome wrote down 
these triumphs and sent them into the four quarters 
of the world. 

Now our Lady Mary departed | from this tempo- Page m 
rary life in the three hundred and forty-second year 
of Alexander. ^ She was fourteen-^ years old when she 
was frightened by the appearance of the angel, and 
she was with Christ for thirty* and three years, and 

^ B reads, "And she stretched out her right hand, and laid it 
"upon him and said, *Our Lord Jesus Christ shall heal thee' (read 
''v%ii]DrC!l); and as she laid her hand upon him the boy was made 
"whole, and he became as one who had never been sick." 

^ /. e,y A. D. 3o. B reads, "three hundred and ninety- fourth 
"year of Alexander". 

^ Bj "she was thirty years old", etc. In note 3 for x^ read h\\^, 

* The word «a2i\\A\ is omitted from B, 



1 1 8 THE BURIAL OF THE VIRGIN MARY. 

she lived five' years after the crucifixion; which years 
are in all fifty-two.* 

And it came to pass that the Apostles came through 
the Holy Spirit (now they had been made wise by 
the Spirit), and they said unto one another, "Come, 
"let us make a distinction between the burial of those 
"who believe, and of those who do not believe, and 
"between those who have received the sign of bap- 
"tism and the heathen and the Magians [and the 
"Jews],^ and let us stablish canons of distinction; 
"and let us make a beginning with this holy body 
"of Mary, the fountain of life." Then they wrapped 
in linen the body of Mary for burial, and laid her upon 
a bier, and they began to sing the service of hymns 
of the Holy Spirit, even as the Spirit taught them; 
and the sound of their voices was like unto the voices 
of the angels* who were teaching them. And they 
took Mary to carry her and to bury her in the cave 
Page 112 of the Mount of Olives, | and a multitude of women 
from Bethlehem and from Jerusalem were following 
in her train, and were wishing to see where they were 
going to lay her, so that they might go and pray 
there. 

Now when the Jews saw the service, and the great 
procession, the like of which had never before been 
seen, they were ashamed, and they became mad with 

^ In By "fifty-five years". 

2 In By "one hundred and twenty-one years", i, e,, 3o+33 + 58 
years. 

^ The words in brackets are from B, 

* B, "and the voices of angels were heard among those of the 
"holy Apostles". 



w 



yophanA the soldier. 11^ 

envy. And they went unto the governor of the city, 
and said unto him, "My Lord, we know that these 
"Christian people have gone after error, but to-day 
"their mother who bore for them the Error hath died, 
"and behold, they are accompanying her to the grave 
"with great honour; but now, take thou whatever is 
"convenient, and rid us of them/' Then the governor, 
having taken the bribe, took no further concern for 
the Christians. And the governor had a certain sol- 
dier of huge size and strength, and the Jews gave 
him a bribe to go with them, so that when the Christ- 
ians saw him they might say that they had come from 
the governor, and that no man might say a word 
against them. * Now the shameful Jews had made 
a crafty and secret plot concerning the body of Mary, 
which they wished to burn with fire, and they wish- 
ed to make an attack upon the bier of Mary. And 
they said unto Yophana,^ the soldier whom they had 
brought with them from the governor, "Do thou lay 
"hold upon the bier of Mary, whilst we carry off | 
"her body." Page ii3 

And it came to pass that, when the Apostles saw 
that Yophana had come with them, they perceived the 
craft of the Jews. And the Jews said unto Yophana, 
"Draw nigh,^ and breathe only upon Mary, and she 

^ /. e„ the Jews bribed the chief soldier of the governor of 
the city to go with them, so that the Christians and other folk 
might imagine that the Jews had the sanction of the governor for 
anything they might do. 

2 In the Greek he is described as EppaTo? tk; 5v6(JLaTi 'letpwvfa? 
Y£vvatO(; tw awixaxi (Tischendorf, Liber de Dormitione Mariae, p. no). 

^ For .aAXn read 



1 20 yophanA is paralysed. 

"shall fall from her bier, for, behold, the disciples 
"of that Deceiver think that they have conquered 
"Jerusalem." Then Yophana drew nigh, and threw 
out his two arms upon the two poles of the bier, 
and he hung his weight upon them, so that the bier 
might be broken, and the body of Mary might fall 
therefrom, and the Jews might seize it and carry it 
away and burn it with fire. Then John the Less turn- 
ed, and he made the sign of the cross over Yophana, 
and the angel of the Lord smote him, and his limbs 
became weak and powerless. And he shrieked with 
pain, and cried out and said, "O Christ, the Son of 
"God, have mercy upon me! For the Jews who cru- 
"cified Thee have made me to err, and so I came 
"to make an attack upon her who bore Thee. But 
"give Thou me strength in my members, so that I may 
"slay the Jews." Then Simon Peter turned, and made 
over him the sign of the cross, and his strength re- 
turned unto him. And he leaped up, and stood upon 
his feet, and drew his sword upon the Jews, and they 
were not able to stand against the power of his might, 
and they fled before him. And they entered into the 
city, and came unto the governor, and said unto him. 
Page 114 **My Lord, | Yophana hath gone over to the Christ- 
"ians, for he hath left us, and hath holpen the Christ- 
"ians' against us." Then the governor called Yopha- 
na, and said unto him, "Yophani, what is this that 
"thou hast done?" And Yophana related unto the 
governor the cause of what had happened, and he 
revealed unto him concerning the affair. And it came 

^ B^ "Yophana whom thou didst send with us against the 
"Christians". 



THE BURIAL OF THE VIRGIN MARY. J 2 I 

to pass that when the governor heard [these things] 
he laughed at the Jews, for on account of the great 
strength of YophanS. he was afraid of him. Thus 
were the Jews put to shame. 

And the Apostles bore along the body of Mary 
with great pomp, and the multitude of people who 
had come with them from Jerusalem accompanied it, 
and paid great honour unto it. And they went down 
to the valley which there is on this side of the Mount 
of Olives, where there are three very large caves; 
now one of them was double. And the innermost 
division of the double cave was new, and up to that 
time no one had been laid therein; and a stone had 
been placed against the mouth of it. In this place 
did they lay the body of Mary, and they placed* a 
stone against the door of the cave. And Simon Peter 
stood up and spake unto the multitude that was 
there, | and entreated the believers to set watchmen Page 115 
over the grave of Mary, so that the Jews might not 
come and carry off the body and treat it with insults 
and contempt, and burn it with fire. Now the Apostles 
had received a revelation from God concerning what 
Christ was about to do with the body of Mary. And 
• Simon stood up and said, unto the believing men, 
"Know ye not what Christ is about to do with the 
**body of His Church? For Christ knoweth what will 
"benefit His Church more than anything for which 
"we can ask. For as the body of the Son of Mary is 
"divided among all the churches in which the Apostles 
"have preached, and is given for the propitiation of 

^ Read Osofioo. 



122 THE JEWS TAKE COUNSEL TOGETHER HOW 

"those who receive it in faith, even so is it granted that 
"churches shall be built in her name throughout the 
"whole world, in remembrance of the blessed woman, 
*'His mother, and the people there shall be made happy 
"by the memorial of her. And the place here in which 
"her body hath been laid will our Lord hide from all 
"the children of men, just as the body of our Lord 
"was hidden when it had been laid in the grave with 
Page ii6 "watchmen to watch it. | For He rose and went forth 
"from among the dead, and put to shame those who 
"crucified Him, and made His disciples to rejoice. 
"Even so He will not allow the body of her who gave 
"Him birth to fall into the hands of the Jews. Depart 
"ye then in peace to your homes, and pray ye each 
"for the other.'' These things did Simon say unto the 
assembly of believers who were gathered together 
there. 

And it came to pass that after these things the 
Jews, who were sorcerers, meditated on the matter, 
and gave counsel to the people how to do harm unto 
the body of the holy woman, and how, in time, they 
might prevent men and women from going to her grave, 
and from being helped by the benefits which flowed 
from that spot; now they could not cut off the believers 
from going there. Then the Jews took counsel to- 
gether, and they dragged the bodies of the dead to 
the tomb of Mary, and filled the outer cave therewith, 
so that the people might not be able to draw nigh 
unto the place by reason of the foetid smell of cor- 
ruption which was there ; but the power of Christ was 
not restrained even by this. And the Jews said among 
themselves, "Let us burn her body with fire, and then 



TO DESTROY THE VIRGIN'S BODY AND TOMB. I 2 3 



^'we shall have rest from it/' Then they collected and 
piled up together round about the cave faggots of 
wood, and they filled even the cave with wood, and 
they drew nigh to set light to the fire, but before 
they could fan the wood into a blaze, the wood of 
its own accord burst into a blazing, fiery flame, and 
the fire enveloped them all, and the heads of their 
chief men were set on fire, and the flames burnt the 
edges of all their beards. 

And it came to pass that, when the Apostles saw 
that these things | were being done by the Jews, Simon Page 117 
Peter said, *'Come, O my brethren, let us pray before 
**our Lord that He will do what is good for the body 
"of His mother;" so they prayed and put incense 
[on the fire]. And suddenly mighty chariots, and 
chariots of fire and of the Spirit drew up in order 
round about the cave, and straightway the chariots 
of the Prophets, and the assemblies of the Patriarchs, 
and the companies of the Watchers, and myriads of 
angels, gathered themselves together, and they were 
all ready to do honour unto the holy body. And the 
Apostles having been informed thereof entered into 
the cave, and brought out the honourable body of 
our Lady Mary; and they laid it upon a bier, and 
carried it along. And behold, in a moment, a garment 
of light was woven, and the Apostles wrapped the 
body in a cloak of light, and they fastened the side 
thereof with that which resembled the lightning. And 
behold, above them all, and above the bier of Mary, 
there was spread out a white garment of light, and 
the chariots of the men and of the women who were 
virgins, and innumerable thousands and tens of thou- 



124 '^^^ VIRGIN IN A CHARIOT OF LIGHT. 

sands of angels appeared, and the horns of the spiritual 
beings sounded, and the earth was moved, and a 
mighty earthquake took place. Then the Apostles ran, 
and carried away the bier of the mother of their 
Lord, and straightway a chariot of light was prepared, 
and in it they laid the blessed woman. And at that 
moment a cloud shining with splendour appeared, and 
it took up the chariots, and the Prophets, and the 
Apostles, and the Patriarchs, and the venerable women, 
and they began to move along. And, behold, before 
the chariot of our Lady Mary went the chariot of 
the Patriarchs Adam, and Seth, and Enos, and Noah, 
and Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and of all the 
men who were just and righteous. And then came 
the chariot of the Prophets Isaiah, and Jeremiah, and 
Ezekiel, and Daniel, and David, and all the other 
Prophets. And then came the chariot of the priests, 
Aaron, and Eleazar, and Samuel, and all the priests; 
and all these were paying glory and honour unto the 
body of the holy woman. And after these there came 
thousands and tens of thousands of angels who sur- 
rounded the chariot in which they were carrying the 
bier whereon was laid the holy woman. And some of 
Page ii8 them I were carrying the chariot, and some of them 
were sounding horns, and some of them were blowing 
trumpets, and some of them were crying out with their 
voices; but all of them were ascribing praise unto the 
holy woman with their words and speech. And amid 
all this pomp and glory the holy woman went forward 
in a chariot of light. And after the chariot of Mary 
there came the chariot of the Apostles, Simon Peter, 
and John, and Paul, and of all the Apostles in a body. 



THE FESTIVALS OF THE VIRGIN. I 25 

And after the chariot of the Apostles there came the 
chariot of the venerable women Hannah, the mother of 
our Lady Mary, and Elizabeth, and Hannah, the pro- 
phetess, and all the just and righteous women. And 
her Son carried her, by the might of His Spirit, to 
Paradise, and He set her in a glorious place therein. 
And it came to pass that when the Apostles saw 
what had happened they bowed the knee and did 
homage before the body of the holy woman, and then 
a cloud carried the Apostles from Paradise and set 
them in the upper chamber in Jerusalem. And they 
wrote down the triumphs of the Virgin in books among 
themselves, and sent them into the four quarters of 
the earth, and they ordered that the believers should 
celebrate the commemoration of the blessed woman 
three times in the year. The first was to take place 
in the month Khanun, on the eve of the Sabbath 
which came after the Nativity, for the day of her 
departure from this world was the day of the birth 
of our Lord; on the day on which she gave Him birth 
did she depart from this world. And the doctors of 
the Church have ordered that the first commemoration 
of the Virgin should take place after the festival of 
the birth of our Lord.' And this commemoration is 
celebrated for the sake of the first-fruits of the crops, 
so that rain may come upon the early and the later 
crops, and that they may increase at the will of their 
owners. And the second commemoration they were 
to celebrate in the month of lyar, in the middle of 
the month, on the fifteenth day,^ and this commemor- 

^ See Wright, Cat, Syr, MSS,, p. 284, col. i (Add. 14,507, fol. 28 a). 
^ See Wright, op, ciL, p. 280, col. 2 (Add. 14,504, fol. 58 a). 



126 THE APOSTLES RETURN TO THEIR PLACES. 

ation was placed at this time for the sake of the 
filling out of the ears of corn, so that they might 
come to perfection and might be reaped in peace. 
And the third commemoration they were to celebrate 
in the month of Ab,* and this also was to take place 
in the middle of the month, on the fifteenth day thereof; 
and this commemoration was arranged on behalf of 
the vines and the vineyards, and all the lands which 
had to be irrigated. 

And it came to pass that when the Apostles had re- 
Page 119 ceived this book, | they said among themselves, "Come, 
"let us pray that we may see what our Lord will do 
"with us." And when they had prayed, and had given 
the salutation of peace unto each other, immediately 
a cloud seized upon them and carried each one of 
them into his own country, and into his own city, and 
into his own district, and into the place wherefrom He 
had brought him. Those who were alive did the Holy 
Spirit take back into their places, and they preached 
and taught with all their might; and those who were 
dead did the Spirit take back unto their own places, 
and they returned again into their own graves. And 
just as they were changed on the day whereon they 
went forth from their graves from the state of death into 
one of life, even so on the day whereon they returned 
to enter into their graves were they changed from a 
state of life into one of death; and they rested quietly 
and in peace until the day of vivification. 

Come, O my brethren, and hearken unto a thing 
of wonder. Come, O my beloved, and listen unto a 

^ See Wright, CaL Syr, MSS,, p. 283, col. i (Add. 14,505, fol. 172 a). 



NARRATIVE OF SAINT JOHN THE LESS. 12 7 

most marvellous story. Come, O my friends, and give 
praise unto our Lord. Come, O ye who love God, 
and glorify our Redeemer. Come, O ye believing 
ones, and extol Him. Come, O ye Christians, and 
bring honour unto Him. Come, O ye who are followers 
of Christ, and ascribe glory unto Him. Come, O ye 
who have been baptized, and confess Him. Come, 
O ye who are members of the household of God, and 
let us do homage unto Him, Whose great and mighty 
works created things are not able to describe. But 
the deeds which He hath done, and doth still do, 
throughout all the generations of the world are very 
difficult and very hard to describe; and the man who 
would dare to attempt to write down the various 
kinds of His works of understanding must possess an 
unenlightened mind. But what shall I say? For by the 
unchanging union and cleaving of the Divine Nature 
unto the human nature, all rational natures have been 
enlightened through that Holy Nature. And as con- 
cerning the fulfilling of the words which Christ spake 
unto His disciples, saying, "When the Holy Spirit, 
"the Paraclete, hath come. He shall make known unto 
"you* [the things which are about to take place]," it 
was John the Less, the chosen disciple, the man of 
purity, the man unto whose sanctity his Lord testified, 
and unto whom was revealed in a revelation of the 
Spirit that which our Lord Christ did unto her who 
gave Him birth, it was he, I say, who wrote the following 
things. I He said, "When my Lady Mary had been Page 120 
"made to rest in Paradise, our Lord Christ left the 

I .1 III 

I See St. John XIV. 26. 



128 NARRATIVE OF SAINT JOHN THE LESS. 

"heavens, and descended into the Paradise of Eden. 
"And He cried unto her with His glorious and sublime 
"voice, saying, *Mary!' And suddenly she became 
"alive, and stood up at the sound of His sweet words, 
"and she bowed the knee and did homage unto Him. 
"And with her there worshipped Elijah the prophet, 
"and Enoch the just man, and Moses, the chief of the 
"prophets, and Simon Peter, the chief of the Apostles, 
"and John the Baptist; together with the blessed woman 
"did they all worship Him Who giveth us life. And 
"our Lord took the blessed woman with Him, and He 
"made her to ascend with Him in a chariot into heaven, 
"and He made to go up with her so that they might 
"pay her honour, the righteous Patriarchs, and the 
"Prophets, and the Apostles. And our Lord Himself 
"heartened her, and said unto her, 'Come, Mother, 
"'come and see the things of glory. Come and see the 
"'things, the good things, which are beyond speech. 
"'Come and enter into the Jerusalem which is in heaven, 
'"the city of God'." 

"And it came to pass that when the chariot of 
"light and the cloud of radiant splendour arrived, 
"and they began to come to the gates of the firmament, 
"suddenly there was breathed forth therefrom the smell 
"of perfumes, and the odours of sweet-smelling things. 
"And at the first gate the clouds, and the lightnings, 
"and the thunders bowed down in worship before Mary. 
"And she entered into the heaven which was beneath, 
"and she saw there the treasure-houses of the Lord, 
"that is to say, the habitation of ice, and snow, and 
"frost, and the habitation of the rain, and the dew, 
"and the heat, and the winds, and the whirlwinds, 



DESCRIPTION OF THE HEAVENLY CITY. 



129 



'and the storms, and the lightnings, and the thick 
'darkness; and they all came and worshipped the 
'mother of their Lord. And again she ascended into 
'the heaven of heavens, and she saw the angels of 
'God; and they all ran and came to salute her, and 
'they bowed down in worship before her. And when 
'she had gone in through that heaven, and she had 
'arrived at the Jerusalem which is above, she saw 
'that it was ornamented with all manner of beauti- 
'ful decorations. And she saw that twelve walls went 
'round about it, and that these walls were built of 
'fine gold; and the stones thereof were of pearls, and 
'they all shot forth rays of light. And the city had 
'twelve gates which were decorated with all kinds of 
'precious ornaments, and upon them were figures 
'of every kind; and by the side of each of the gates 
'there sat one | of the Apostles, and above each Page 121 
'gate the name of the Apostle who sat thereby was 
'written, and by the side of each Apostle there stood 
'a multitude of angels. And Mary entered in through 
'the outer gate, and she saw that beings of the 
'Spirit and the Prophets stood there, and that they 
'were playing music on trumpets; and they all ran 
'and bowed down in worship before her. And when 
'she entered in through the second gate, the com- 
'pany of the Cherubim bowed down in worship be- 
'fore her. And when she set her foot upon the thresh- 
'old of the third gate, the company of the Seraph- 
'im ran to meet her. And when she arrived at the 
'wall of the fourth gate, and entered in through the 
'fourth gate, the Powers made haste to salute her; 
'and they fell upon their faces before her. And when 



I 3o THE GATES OF HEAVEN. 

"she walked through the fifth gate, the thunders and 
**the lightnings bowed themselves before her. And 
"when she passed through the sixth gate, she heard 
"from all sides the sound of beings crying, *Holy!' 
"And she saw there the fortress (or palace) which 
"cannot be touched by man. And when she entered 
"in through the seventh gate, the fire and the flame 
"bowed down in worship before her. And when she 
"arrived at the eighth gate, the rain and the dew 
"bowed the knee before her. And when she entered 
"in through the ninth gate, all the winds together 
"bowed down in worship before her. And when she 
"walked through the tenth gate, the sun and the 
"moon bowed down in worship before her. And 
"when she entered in through the eleventh gate, the 
"twelve Apostles bowed down in worship before her. 
"And then our Lord made her who gave Him birth 
"to pass through the gate through which none had 
"as yet passed, and He shewed her there the king- 
"dom of heaven, and the things which are hidden, 
"and the things which are secret, and the things 
"which are not revealed, and the pleasures which 
"are hidden in the kingdom, which can neither be 
"spoken by the mouth nor pronounced by the tongue. 
"And she saw the mansions of splendour, and the 
"chambers which were decorated, the delight where- 
"of hath never entered into the heart of man to 
"imagine. And she saw there that which the eye of 
"man cannot look upon, and that which man is not 
"able either to describe the like thereof, or to make 
"it manifest. And our Lord revealed and shewed her 
"all the delights which come after the Resurrection. 



CHRIST AND THE VIRGIN ENTER HEAVEN. 



l3l 



"And she said unto Him, *My Lord, what are these 
"^things? I And who shall be worthy to enter in hither? Page 122 
"^And for whom are they laid up?' And our Lord 
'*said unto her, *This is the country concerning which 
"*I spake unto those who believed on Me and in My 
***name, saying, *I go to make ready a place for you." 
"'And these delights, and these mansions, and these 
"'chambers are kept for the saints, and for those who 
"*do My will, and for every one who hath not wrought 
"'iniquity. And here do all the righteous take their 
"'delight after the vivification.' And she looked and 
"saw another country, the aspect of which was hard 
"and forbidding, and the whole of it was filled with 
"blackness, and thick darkness, and smoke; and be- 
"fore the terrible sight of that torture flowed the river 
"of fire, which went forth from that place. And our 
"Lady Mary said, 'And what is this, my Lord?' 
"And our Lord said unto her, 'This is the Gehenna 
"'of fire which is laid up for the sinful and the wick- 
"'ed.' And she said unto Him, '. . . Not^ from this 
"'place, and not from one who seeth it.'" 

"And after these things it came to pass that our 
"Lord took His mother and brought her back unto 
"the Paradise of Eden, and He made her to die again 
"until the day of the vivification. And sweet-smell- 
"ing scents and odours breathed forth from that place, 
"and she was left there until the day wherein He 
"will make her to ascend into the kingdom which He 
"had already shewn her." 



1 See St. John XIV. 2. 

2 Some words seem to have dropped out here. 



I 32 THE SCHEMES AND PLOTS OF THE JEWS 

"And it came to pass that when our Lord had made 
"an end of all these things, and when all these things 
*'had taken place, the Apostles returned unto their 
"places, and Mary remained there, and the believers 
"took their rest." 

Now when the Jews, the enemies of the truth, saw 
that the Name of Jesus was becoming magnified, 
and that the triumphs of the holy woman Mary had 
become noised abroad everywhere (now they were 
thinking that her body was still lying in that cave), 
they said, "We have not injured her by the fire; 
"let us, now, weave another plot." And it came to 
pass that when it was night, about three hundred 
mighty men gathered themselves together, and they 
went with swords, and with lanterns, and they went 
into the cave to rtiake a mock of that venerable and 
holy body. And they went and entered into the cave, 
Page 123 and they moved away the stone from | the mouth of 
the cave;* and they saw that the cave was filled 
with light like that of the sun, and with a smell like 
unto that of sweet scent. And they saw the garments 
in which our Lady Mary had been swathed lying in 
the midst of the cave, but there was no body in 
them; and when they saw this they were astonished, 
and they marvelled, and they gave glory unto God in- 
voluntarily. And many of them said, "In very truth 

^ B reads, **Now when the shameful Jews saw what had happen- 
**ed, and that although they had given a bribe they were in no- 
"wise benefited, when the night had come, about three hundred 
"men gathered themselves together, and went to the cave with 
"swords, and staves, and lanterns; and they set out to make a 
"mock of the venerable body of Mary therein. And they went 
"and entered into the outer cave", etc. 



TO DESTROY THE TOMB OF THE VIRGIN. J 33 

S » 

"this Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the Christ for Whom 
"creation waiteth. He knoweth that which we did 
"meditate In our minds, and what we were wishing 
"to do unto the body of her who gave Him birth; 
"but He hath not left it for us to make a mockery 
"of, and hath delivered it out of our hands. To Him 
"belongeth victory for ever, and to us belongeth 
"shame of face for all generations." Now many of 
them believed upon Jesus Christ, but some of them 
were wishing to burn the garments of Mary in the 
fire, and there was division and contention among 
them; but the company of those who believed was 
stronger than that of those who did not believe, so 
those who believed took the garments and carried 
them into Jerusalem, and multitudes of sick folk 
were healed thereby. Page 124 

And the unbelieving Jews who have at all times 
resisted God gathered themselves together, and made 
a cunning plot amongst themselves, saying, "It is not 
"meet for us to cease to visit this cave wherein is 
"laid the body of Mary, lest the Christians go and 
"build buildings there, and the sick obtain healing 
"from that place, and our festivals and our sabbaths 
"become abrogated.'* And they went and hired sold- 
iers, and they dragged along the bodies of dead 
creatures of every kind, and cast them into the cave. 
And it came to pass that when the believing men 
who were in Jerusalem heard of this, they went and 
made it known unto the governor; and the governor 
sent Yophancl, ' who seized upon and carried off every- 



^ Or Yophanya, according to B, 



I 34 THE MIRACLES WROUGHT IN BETHLEHEM. 

thing which belonged unto those who had done this 
thing. And many believed upon our Lord by reason 
of the death of Mary, and through the mighty deeds 
which were wrought by means of her holy body. And 
our Lord made her a name after her death which 
was greater than that which she had when she was 
alive ; and every man who made mention of her name, 
and who took refuge in her prayers, received every- 
thing for which he asked. 
Page 125 I And here will I write down [the account of] the 
miracles which the people of Bethlehem saw were 
wrought in the upper chamber wherein the blessed 
woman was lying; and here beginneth the first of them.' 
Now when the Apostles had come, and they were 
performing the service therein, and when the hosts 
of our Lord had descended from heaven, and they 
were singing psalms and hymns above the upper 
chamber, the people of Bethlehem saw the clouds 
coming and sprinkling sweet-smelling dew over all 
the house, and the stars which descended, and did 
homage before the upper chamber. And the people 
of Bethlehem looked through the window of the upper 
chamber, and they saw Gabriel standing by the pil- 
low of the holy woman, and Michael standing at her 
feet ; and they were holding sceptres of gold in their 
hands. And the people of Bethlehem saw the Apostles 
standing round about in fear, and they were offer- 
ing adoration unto her with their hands spread out 
to heaven. And the people of Bethlehem saw as it 

^ Literally, **The first vision which the children of Bethlehem 
**saw'\ 



THE MIRACLES WROUGHT IN BETHLEHEM. I 35 

were [the appearance of] the waves of the sea when 
they break upon the shore, for even thus were the 
waves of sweet smells and odours which came forth 
from the upper chamber. And like the rushing water 
which a full and overflowing spring poureth out in 
torrents, even so did the odour of sweet scents go 
forth from the foundations of the upper chamber. And 
the people of Bethlehem saw the companies of angels, 
which were without number, and the assemblies of 
the angelic hosts, which could not be counted, and 
the Watchers who were saying with their voices, 
"Hail to thee, O thou that didst give birth to the 
"Christ! Blessed art thou, and blessed is the Fruit 
"which was born from thee, the glorious Son of God!" 
With these words did the angels cry out and ascribe 
glory unto Mary, and the Watchers were singing 
psalms and hymns, and the spiritual beings were sing- 
ing hymns of praise before her. And the people of 
Bethlehem saw the deaf, and the dumb, and the blind, 
and the lepers, and those who were afflicted, and 
those who had been smitten with disease, and the 
sick people, coming unto the blessed woman; and 
every sickness, whatsoever it might be | from which Page 126 
they were suflfering was healed. And there came be- 
sides these all those who were sick, and they used 
to carry away some of the dust of the upper chamber 
wherein the holy woman was lying, and rub it small 
and smear it over their bodies ; and straightway they 
were made whole. And the blessed woman wrought 
a multitude of signs and marvels of every kind, which 
the children of men were not able to recount. And 
the children of men saw all these signs and wonders, 



I 36 THE HEALING OF NUBKAR. 

and they ascribed glory to God, even against their 
will. And the people were coming from cities and 
countries which were afar off, and from Byzantium, 
and from Alexandria, and from Egypt, and from the 
Thebaid, and from Athens. And the sons of the kings, 
and the sons of the princes of the nations, and the 
daughters of noblemen and of governors, were wont 
to come and do homage unto the blessed woman; 
and they used to bear and bring unto her costly gifts. 
And they believed in our Lord Jesus, Who was born 
of her, and they used to enquire of her, saying, "How 
"was the Christ born of thee without union with man?" 
And she used to teach them everything which they 
wished to learn from her. And she used to heal 
those who were sick, and when the women who had 
come unto her from remote countries were about to 
depart, she used to prepare small books which they 
might carry away with them to their kinsfolk, so 
that they also might believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
And from year to year the daughters of kings and 
the daughters of princes were used to come unto her, 
and they used to celebrate the commemoration of the 
Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with her. 

And a certain woman came unto her from the city 
of Beyrut, and she was possessed of a devil which 
was strangling her continually; and the blessed woman 
prayed over her, and she was made whole. 

And there came unto her also Nubkar, the daughter 
of the governor, from Alexandria ; now she was cov- 
ered all over with a running leprosy, but when she 
had done homage before the Lady Mary she was 
cleansed straightway. 



J/ 



DEVILS ARE CAST OUT OF THE GOVERNOR'S DAUGHTER. I 3 ^ 

And there came unto her also Abigel, the Egyptian 
woman, the daughter of Gershon, who was the beloved 
friend of the king of Egypt. Now she suffered from 
giddiness, but having entreated | the Lady Mary, she page 127 
prayed over her, and straightway she was made whole. 

And there came unto her also the lady Palona 
from Thessalonica, whose right eye Satan had de- 
stroyed; and the blessed woman made the sign of 
the cross over her, and straightway she was healed. 

And there came unto her also Malco, the daughter 
of Sabinus the governor, who was possessed of two 
devils; the one came upon her in the day-time, and 
the other used to inflict tortures upon her in the night- 
time. And our Lady Mary laid her hand upon her 
head, and she prayed and said these words, "O Thou 
"mighty one Whom I have in heaven,' I pray on be- 
"half of this soul, that it may be healed." Then straight- 
way there went forth from her those two devils. And 
they uttered shrieks and cries, and said, **What have 
"we to do with thee, O thou who didst give birth 
"unto Christ? Thou, and the Child Who was born 
"of thee have made Legion to tremble and his hosts 
"also." And the holy woman cursed those devils, 
and they were swallowed up in the abyss. 

And there came unto her a certain youth from 
Egypt, who was of the family of Sufran, the king of 
Egypt. Now he had elephantiasis in his head, and 
he wept before our Lady Mary; and she stretched 
out her hand over him, and signed him with the sign 
of the cross, and straightway he was healed. 

' Literally, "Sufficient for me is He Whom I have in heaven". 



I 38 THE HEALING OF THE MULTITUDES. 



And there was a festival in Jerusalem, and very 
many people were gathered together in the city, and 
those who had come to Jerusalem brought along 
with them those who were sick and those who were 
afflicted for the sake of our Lady Mary; and the 
people told them that she was living in Bethlehem. 
Then innumerable crowds of people set out and went 
to Bethlehem; and they knocked at the door of the 
upper chamber of the blessed woman, but the Apostles 
opened it not. And it came to pass that when the 
Apostles did not desire that the door should be open- 
ed, the people who were sick cried out from the out- 
side, saying, '*Have mercy upon us, O thou Lady 
"Mary who didst give birth unto Christ." And the 
blessed woman hearkened unto the words of the people 
who were crying unto her, and she prayed and said, 
"He Whom I have in heaven is sufficient for me. 
"Hearken Thou unto the voice of the souls who make 
Page 128 "supplication unto Thee." Then straightway | the 
power of help went forth from the blessed woman 
unto the sick, and they were healed. Now there were 
there two thousand and eight hundred souls, men, 
and women, and children; and a mighty praising took 
place on that day wherein all those sick folk were 
made whole. 

Then [the priests] went to the praetorium, and they 
repeated before the governor that which our Lady 
Mary had done. And the Jews were afraid, and the 
Sadducees trembled, and said, "A troublous matter 
"hath happened in Jerusalem." And the priests cried 
unto the men who had departed from Bethlehem, and 
said unto them, "Go ye, and bring out that woman 



BEINGS OF FIRE IN THE UPPER CHAMBER. l3g 

**from thence." And it came to pass that when the 
Bethlehemites had departed, and they had made a 
secret plot among themselves to go and to make a 
fight with the Apostles , on the night the end of 
which brought in the first day of the week in the 
latter Khclnun, on the twenty-first day of the month, 
when the world was asleep, the great glory of God 
appeared before our Lady Mary as she lay upon her 
couch in the upper chamber. And whilst the Beth- 
lehemites were standing and watching to go in against 
the Apostles, suddenly the gates of heaven were open- 
ed, and a mighty light streamed forth; and there 
went out therefrom the odour of sweet-smelling scents, 
and a very sweet scent pervaded the whole city of 
Bethlehem. And as men * of fire were coming down 
from heaven shrouded in mantles of flame, John went 
forth and opened the door of the upper chamber, and 
he looked up to heaven, and he saw the company 
of the Cherubim and the company of the Watchers 
flying about in circles and descending from heaven. 
And John went in and said unto Simon, **Behold, 
"the assemblies of the heavenly beings are coming 
'*unto us." Then the Apostles went forth to meet the 
angels who were coming from heaven, and received 
them ; and a great service of the angels and of the 
Apostles was held above the upper chamber for three 
days and three nights. And the Bethlehemites saw 
this, and they feared with a great fear. 

Then the priests stirred up the governor, and said 
unto him, "O Lord governor, give orders concerning 

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140 THE JEWS AND THE EMPEROR TIBERIUS. 

"this woman. Let her not remain in Bethlehem, neither 
Page 129 "I let her stay anywhere in the whole district of Jeru- 
"salem." And the governor said unto them, "I have 
"no power to drive any man out from his house." 
And the priests said unto him, "And we ourselves 
"cannot do what we wish. Send now men with swords 
"that they may go and bring the disciples of that 
"Seducer, and let the disciples bring Mary hither in 
"great disgrace." And having made a great outcry 
and much tumult, they said unto the governor, "By 
"the life of the Emperor Tiberius, if thou dost not 
"perform our desire, we will lay information against 
"thee before him." Then was the governor afraid of 
the Jews, and he commanded the captain of a thou- 
sand men to go to Bethlehem with thirty men, to bring 
back the disciples, both them and our Lady Mary. 
And it came to pass that when the men set out to 
depart the Holy Spirit said unto the Apostles, "Be- 
"hold, men are coming against you from Jerusalem. 
"Rise up, and go forth, and fear not, for I will carry 
"you into the air of heaven, and ye shall pass over 
"the heads of the men who are coming against you, 
"and they shall not see you, for the might of the 
"Highest, Who is to be adored,' is with you." Then 
the Apostles rose up and went forth from the upper 
chamber. And Peter bore one [side] of the bier of 
our Lady Mary, and John another, and Paul another, 
and the rest of the Apostles and angels were giving 
praise and were going before her. And as the Apostles 
were bearing along the bier, the Holy Spirit was 



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THE APOSTLES* SERVICE FOR MARY. 1 4 1 

accompanying them, and was praising them, and the . 
Holy Spirit made them to pass over the heads of 
the men who had come against them, and they saw 
them not. And as the men were coming on their 
way from Jerusalem, they heard the sound of a great 
tumult above' their heads, and they stood up and 
gazed about, and said unto each other, "What is 
"this tumult?" For they heard the sound of the wings 
of the Seraphim as they rustled, and the sound of 
the cohorts of the angels, and the sound of the 
movements among the spiritual beings, and the sound 
of the praise to which the beings of fire were giving 
utterance. And wonder fell | upon them, and they Page i3o 
said unto each other, "What, then, is this thing?" 
And it came to pass that when the Apostles arriv- 
ed in Bethlehem (now they remained there in order 
that the Jews might not think within themselves that 
they were afraid of them, and that they had fled be- 
fore them), they went into the house of our Lady 
Mary; and they performed over her a service which 
lasted for five whole days and five whole nights. 
And when the men [sent by the governor] had come 
to Bethlehem, they searched on their hands and knees 
how they might open the door'; and when they had 
opened the door of the upper chamber they went 
inside, but they found nothing. Then the men laid 
hold upon the Bethlehemites, and said unto them, 
"It was ye who went in to the governor and to the 
"priests, and told them that the disciples of Jesus 
"were coming unto Mary. Come now, and go into 

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142 DEFEAT OF THE JEWISH PLOTS. 

"Jerusalem along with us, and tell the governor and 
"the priests that we have found nothing, so that they 
"may not think that we have taken a bribe from the 
"disciples, and have let them escape from us." So 
the Bethlehemites went into Jerusalem, and the other 
men with them, and they came to the governor, and 
said unto him, "We have found nothing." And the 
priests said unto them, "The disciples of that Seducer 
"have worked spells and have made blind your eyes 
"and ye did not see them." And the governor said 
unto them, "If ye hear any news of them in any 
"place whatsoever, seize them, and bring them to me." 
And it came to pass that after five days the angels 
of the Lord appeared, and they were going in and 
coming out from the house of the blessed woman in 
Jerusalem. And again, on another night, the angels 
appeared bearing horns and lights, and they were 
coming from heaven; and the people of Jerusalem 
were afraid with a great fear. And in the morning 
the priests were gathered together, and they said, 
"Go ye and enquire who it is that liveth in the neigh- 
"bourhood of that woman." And when they had en- 
quired of the people who lived in the neighbourhood, 
they said unto them, "Our Lady Mary hath come to 
Page i3i "her house, and these | glorious things have taken 
"place before her; and the angels descended and 
"did homage unto her." And those who had been 
sent went and told the priests. And the priests rose 
up and went to the governor, and said unto him, 
"O Lord governor, there will be a war in Jerusalem 
"on account of this woman." And the governor said 
unto them, "What shall I do for you?" And they 



THE JEWS TRY TO BURN MARY'S HOUSE. 1^3 

said unto him, "Let us go and burn down the habit- 
uation wherein she is." And the governor said unto 
them, "Whatsoever ye wish to do, that go and do." 
Then the people of Jerusalem gathered themselves 
together, and they took fire, and wood, and went to 
burn down the habitation* of Mary. Now the doors 
thereof were shut, and they put forth their hands to 
set them on fire; and straightway the angel of the 
Lord dashed his wings in their faces, and the fire 
blazed away from the door. And the flames burned 
up strongly without any man touching the fire, and 
the faces and beards of the men were burned, and 
not a few of them died. And there was great fear 
in that place. Now when the governor saw this sight, 
and that the fire was blazing away without any man 
throwing fuel thereon, he drew nigh unto the door, 
and he saw that it was not injured in any way what- 
soever. Then the governor stretched out his hands 
to heaven, and he cried out with a loud voice and 
said, "In very truth this sight which I have seen must 
"belong to the Son of God, Who was born of Mary." 
And it came to pass that on the following day 
the governor sent and gathered together all the Jews 
who were living in Jerusalem, that is to say, the 
priests, and the holy men, and the Sadducees, and 
said unto them, "O nation of crucifiers, who have 
"crucified the Christ Who came unto you, ye are a 
"people bitter of soul, and stiff of neck, and ye are 
"workers of your own will. I myself give thanks unto 
"God that I do not belong to your country. It was 

^ I. e , the courtyard of her house. 



144 DISPUTATION BETWEEN JEWS AND CHRISTIANS. 

"the emperor Tiberius who made me your governor, 
*'and who sent me unto you. Ye are indeed a stiff- 
-necked nation, and it was for this reason that the 
"edict came forth from the Emperor that one of your 
Page 1 32 "own countrymcn | should not be appointed governor 
"over you. Indeed ye are evil men." 

Then the governor commanded that all the people 
of Jerusalem should be gathered together, and when 
they were assembled they came and stood before 
his house. And he made them to take an oath by 
the God of Israel, and by the Holy Books which 
Moses wrote, that every man who believed in Mary, 
and in Him Who was born of her, would separate 
himself, and set himself by himself, and that he who 
did not believe should make it clear that he did not 
believe. Now, the cursed nation of the Jews was 
afraid of taking oaths, and there were not many 
among them who would tell a lie if they were made 
to take an oath by the God of Israel. Then were 
the people divided into two parts, and those who 
believed separated themselves and stood on one side. 
And the governor said unto those who believed on 
Christ, "Do ye believe in the Child Who was born 
"of Mary?" And they said unto him, "We believe 
"that the Christ Who was born of Mary is the Son 
"of the Living God." And the governor said unto 
them, "I believe you rather than the Gentiles, for ye 
"were born and reared in Jerusalem. But, behold, 
"there are found among you some who adore Christ, 
"and some who deny Him. Here there hath been no 
"power exercised by anyone on behalf of the Em- 
"peror to force you [to speak thus], but of your own 



DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. 1 45 

'freewill ye have said that Christ is the Son of the 
'Living God." Then the unbelievers said unto him, 
*We know from our Scriptures that the Christ hath not 
*yet come." And the governor said unto them, "Then 
'what think ye of this Man?" And the unbelievers 
said, "We think that He is a seducer, and that He is 
*not to be compared even unto one of our righteous 
'men." Then the governor said unto those who be- 
lieved in Christ, "I would that the secret things of 
'your wills might be revealed. Until this day ye have 
'reckoned me among the unbelievers who crucified 
'our Lord; but from this day forth it is meet that 
'[ye should reckon me among you] who are called 
'the people who have confessed the Son of God. 
'May you and I have a portion set apart with Him | 
'at the last day when He shall come with His holy Page i33 
'angels upon the clouds of heaven. And now reveal 
'ye unto me concerning the signs and wonders which 
'He wrought in Jerusalem, and in the country round 
'about." 

And the unbelievers said unto him, "May we speak 
'first?" And the governor said, "Say on." Then the 
unbelievers said, "It is written in our Scriptures that 
'the Christ shall come, but as yet He hath not come. 
'This Man of whom ye speak Who hath called Him- 
'self the Son of God is the Son of Mary." And the 
lovers of Christ said unto the unbelievers, "Declare 
'ye the signs and wonders which the men of olden 
'time, and the men of a later time, and the men of 
'these last days, have wrought, and we will shew 
'that the signs and wonders which Christ hath wrought 

'are greater and more in number than those wrought 

10 



I 46 DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. 

**by all other men. " Then the unbelievers said, 
* 'Whence can ye shew us that the Son of Mary is 
"the Christ?" And the lovers of Christ said, "We 
"will shew you." And the governor said unto them, 
"Speak ye your words neither noisily, nor with wrath- 
"ful pain, but argue ye with one another from your 
"Scriptures in a gentle voice, for I myself wish to 
"see and to understand the force of your words." 
And the lovers of Christ said, "Our father Adam, 
"when he was dying, commanded his son Seth, say- 
"ing, *0 my son Seth, behold offerings of gold, and 
"*myrrh, and frankincense have been placed by me 
"*in the Cave of Treasures, for the Christ is about 
"*to come into the world. And He shall be seized 
"^by evil men, and He shall die, and he shall by 
"*His death work the vivification of all my posterity. 
"*And He shall rise on the third day from the grave, 
"*and He shall make my body to ascend with Him 
"4nto heaven, and he shall make it to sit upon a 
"'chariot on His right hand. And, behold, Magians 
"*shall come from Persia, and they shall take these 
"'offerings which I have placed [there], and the 
"'Testament which I have made, and they shall carry 
"'them to the Son of God Who shall be born of a 
"'virgin in Bethlehem of Judea.' And thus hath it 
"come to pass. For the Magians came, and they 
"brought offerings, and they brought with them the 
"'Testament of Adam'.* It is owing to this thing 

^ See Wright, Contributions to the Apocryphal Literature of the New 
Testamenty 1865, p. 61; Renan, Journal Asiat,^ 1853, p. 427; Wright, 
Syriac Literature^ p. 25; Wright, Cat, Syr, AfSS., p. 782; and my 
Book of the Bee^ p. 85. 



DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. 1 47 

*that the [Jewish nation] knoweth that Adam made 

*a Testament. And thus was it written unto Seth 

*by Adam, and from | Seth was it written to all Page 134 

'families; and hereby knew the Jewish nation that 

'Christ was coming, and that He was to be born in 

'Bethlehem of Judea. Now as for us, we are not 

'ashamed of that which we say, but what have ye 

'to say?" Then the unbelieving Jews said, "In what 

'thing is Christ better than Jacob? For he saw a 

'vision the like of which man had never seen. He 

'went up and slept in the mountain of Gilead, and 

'God opened his eyes, and He spake with him, and 

'he was shewn a ladder which reached from earth 

'even unto the heavens, and the angels came down 

'to salute him." 

And the lovers of Christ said, "Jacob, and the 

'angels, and the ladder shewed forth the coming of 

'Christ, and declared His death." Then the unbeliev- 

'ing Jews said unto the lovers of Christ, "The ascent 

'of Elijah is, then, held in contempt by you, although 

'everything which he spake in the heavens hath been 

'heard." And the lovers of Christ said, "Elijah as- 

'cended in a whirlwind into the heaven wherein the 

'sun and the moon are fixed, but no man hath wor- 

'shipped him except his disciple Elisha. Now Christ 

'ascended into heaven, and not into one heaven only, 

'but He ascended into all the heavens, and went up 

'above them all. And, behold, He sitteth on the 

'right hand of His Father, and all the created things 

'which are above, and all those which are below, 

'have bowed their heads and have worshipped Him. 

'For no one hath gone up into the heaven which is 

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1 48 DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. 

"above all the other heavens except Him Who came 
"down therefrom, that is to say, the Son of Man 
"Who was in heaven." And the unbelievers said, 
"Let Moses, and the signs and wonders wherewith 
"he smote the Egyptians, whereby he delivered Israel, 
"be considered. And because Pharaoh sought to keep 
"them back from coming unto the sea, Moses took 
"a dry rod' in his hand, and smote the waves of the 
*^sea so that they became piled up in heaps." 

Then the lovers of Christ said, "Jesus, Who was 
"born of Mary, also rebuked the devils, and they 
"were scattered from before Him. And when the sea 
"wished to swallow up Simon Peter, He stretched 
"out His hand, and took him up, and it did not draw 
"him down. And unless Jesus had been Lord over 
"the sea, and Lord over the dry land, and Lord over 
Page 135 "all created things of every kind | how would they 
"have been obedient unto Him?" And the unbelievers 
said unto the lovers of Christ, "We are not able to 
"contend with you in words, because ye have tasted 
"and learned error from the doctrine of the Son of 
"Mary; if ye were to contend in words with Satan 
"himself ye would overcome him." Then the lovers 
of Christ said unto the unbelievers, "Not one word 
"of that which ye have spoken hath any truth therein, 

^ This rod was cut from the tree of good and evil, that is the 
fig-tree, by Adam before he left Paradise. It passed from him to 
Seth, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Jethro, Moses, Joshua, the son of Nun, 
Phineas, who hid it in the dust at the gate of Jerusalem, Joseph, 
the husband of Mary, to whom it was shewn by the Divine Will, and 
Jacob the brother of our Lord. It was stolen from Jacob by Judas 
Iscariot, who gave it to the Jews who crucified our Lord, when 
they lacked wood for His arms. See my Book of the Bee, pp. 50, 51. 



DISPUTE BETWEEN THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. 1 49 

"and ye have not gained the victory; depart ye then 
"from this praetorium/' And the unbelievers said 
unto the lovers of Christ, "Is not David, the Psalmist 
"of the Spirit, or Elisha, the son of Shaphat, who 
"made to live the dead man by the side of whom 
"he was laid in the grave, or Enoch, whom God re- 
"moved from the earth, and no creature knew what 
"had become of him, as excellent as Christ, Who 
"was born of Mary, and was called the *son of the 
"'carpenter'?" Then the lovers of Christ said unto 
the unbelievers, "Neither in heaven nor upon earth 
"is there any who is like unto the Son Who was 
"born of Mary the Virgin, except His Father Who 
"sent Him unto us. And thus do we confess. And 
"those who are dead from their graves will testify 
"at this moment that He Who was born of the Vir- 
"gin is the same Being Who shall come [again]; 
"for Him all created things wait, that He may make 
"the light to rise upon them. And from the time 
"that He was born of Mary He hath made the power 
"of Satan to be of none effect. And no mouth can 
"declare, and no tongue can explain, nor any celest- 
"ial being, nor any terrestrial being, and no one can 
"declare sufficiently the mighty deeds, or the deeds 
"of power, or the marvellous acts, or the signs and 
"wonders which He hath wrought in the world." 

Then the governor commanded that certain men 
of the unbelievers should be beaten, each with four 
severe beatings. And after they had been beaten, the 
unbelievers said unto the lovers of Christ,* "Since 



^ We must surely read, rCVuATTW |J9ajJl\ f^ia&& ^'\S9Ar^. 



I 50 DISPUTE BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND THE JEWS. 

"ye imagine that ye have vanquished us we will, if 
"ye wish, shew you what we have done unto you, 
"and we will reveal all the lying things which have 
"taken place in Jerusalem before this excellent gover- 
Page 1 36 "nor ; for God hath sent him to require from us* 
"the disgrace which hath been put upon Him.'' Then 
the governor said unto the lovers of Christ, "Say ye 
"whatsoever ye wish to say concerning Christ, and 
"fear not." And the lovers of Christ spake forthwith, 
saying, "Where hath the tree upon which our Lord 
"Jesus was crucified been hidden? And where are 
"the nails which were driven through His hands and 
"His feet? And where hath the sponge in which ye"* 
"offered Him vinegar been placed? And where is the 
"spear wherewith one smote Him? And where is 
"the crown of thorns which ye^ put upon His head? 
"And where are the garments of mockery wherewith 
"ye^ clothed Him? Declare ye where they are hidden." 
And the governor said unto them, "Speak ye and 
"reveal ye everything which they have said unto you." 
And the unbelievers said, "They also know what we 
"know." Now when the governor saw this, he rose 
up upon his throne, and he took an oath to those 
men who believed in Christ, and said unto them, 
"By Christ, Who was born of the holy Virgin Mary, 
"and in Whom ye have believed, as also have I, re- 
"veal and declare ye unto me everything which ye 
"know concerning Christ." Then all those who loved 



^ Literally, "from you". The speeches of the Jews and the 
Christians have here become mixed. 
2 Literally, "we". 



THE JEWS CONFESS THE POWER OF THE CROSS. 1 5 I 

Christ' cried out with one voice, saying, **0 wise 
*judge, woe be unto us by reason of the judgment 
*of Christ ! Woe be unto us, for how have we treats 
*ed Him with great contumely! And not Him only 
*have we so treated, but His Father also, Who hath 
'sent Him." Then the governor said unto them, "Re- 
Veal ye unto me where the wood on which He was 
'crucified hath been put, and the crown of thorns, 
'and the spear wherewith He was smitten, and the 
'garments of mockery in which they dressed Him." 
And they said, "When we had obtained them they 
'came into the hands of one of us, and we took 
'them, and they were placed with His cross. And 
'we dug a hole in the ground, about thirty cubits 
'deep, and we wrote upon His cross, which, however, 
'we separated somewhat from those of the thieves 
'who had been crucified with Him; then we gather- 
'ed together stones and earth and heaped them up 
'over the crosses, and thus we buried them thoroughly. 
'And in front of the head of the cross of our Lord 
'we made a narrow opening in the earth, through which 
'I the hand of a man could reach unto the cross of Page iSy 
'our Lord; and when any affliction came upon one 
'of our people he used to go, and stretch out his 
'hand through the hole to the cross, and straight- 
'way he used to receive help, and be made whole. 
'And we swear unto thee, O lord governor, and we 
'lie not, that the cross of Christ hath, by thy life, healed 
'ten thousand, five hundred souls, of men, and women, 
'and children, more or less, whose names we have 



^ Read "unbelievers'*? 



152 RECOVERY OF THE CROSSES AND NAILS. 

^'written down by us. And from whomsoever was 
"healed, they used to take money, and they gave 
"orders among us, saying, 'Whosoever shall reveal 
"'this secret shall be slain, both he and his wife*. 
"And one said among us, *If any man shall ask us, 
"*What is there in that place?' let us say, *The pot 
"'of manna, and the rod of Aaron which budded, 
"'and it is these things which give help unto all those 
"'who come thither.' And now, O lord governor, 
"bring JonadhS^bh, and beat him, because of the one 
"nail which is in his house, for it belongeth unto 
"those which were fixed in the hands of our Lord; 
"and it hath redeemed five hundred and fifty souls 
"from death. He hath become enriched [thereby], but 
"he knoweth not what he possesseth." And the go- 
vernor said, "Now that ye are in a rage, each with 
"the other, ye reveal that which is hidden among 
"you; but if the Emperor heareth of it he will take 
"off the heads of you all. Go ye, then, and shew 
"me where the nails and the crosses have been hidden, 
"and the place where the opening hath been made 
"by you." And they went and shewed him. Then 
the governor said unto them, "What shall I do for 
"you?" And they said unto him, "O lord, do thou 
"give the command, and let us take up the cross 
"whereon our Lord was crucified, and let it be placed 
"in the Temple of Jerusalem, and let it be adored 
"by all created beings." And the governor said unto 
them, "I have no orders from the Emperor to do 
"this thing; but I will make you to be shameful things 
"before all created beings. For I myself will not 
"draw nigh unto the cross of Christ, but Christ Who 



MIRACLES OF THE VIRGIN. 1^3 

"was crucified thereon will bring it up out of the 
"earth in which it is buried; and from all the ends 
"of creation peoples and tongues shall come, and Page i38 
"they shall do homage unto the cross of Christ, and 
"He shall give life unto every creature that believ- 
"eth in Him." And the governor commanded, and 
they brought great stones and heaped them up upon 
that place to the height of twenty times the length 
of the fore-arm; and they wrote down these words 
which they had heard from the governor. Then, after- 
wards, the disciples of the Apostles wrote unto mount 
Sinai, and unto Egypt, and the Thebaid, and Asia, 
and Pontus, saying, "Great is the glory in which the 
"blessed woman hath gone forth from this world." 
And the disciples of the Apostles wrote for them- 
selves the Book of her Departure, that is to say, 
how she went forth from this world, and they took 
it with them to Byzantium. For all countries are full 
of the praises of the blessed woman, and a multitude 
of people innumerable, both of men and of women, 
believed upon her after that he who had been made 
governor had gone up (died ?). 

And here [the book] relateth how she was a helper 
of those men and women who called upon her, and 
from the time when men in this city of Byzantium 
believed she hath appeared several times unto all 
those who put their trust in her prayers. For she 
appeared here on the sea when it was greatly dis- 
turbed, and when it had risen and was about to de- 
stroy the ships which were sailing upon it; and the 
sailors called upon the name of the blessed woman, 
and she rose upon them like the sun, and delivered 



154 MIRACLES OF THE VIRGIN. 

the ships, which were ninety -five in number, and 
saved them from destruction.' 

And again, she appeared in a certain mountain 
wherein thieves had fallen upon some men and wished 
Page 1 39 to slay them; and the men cried ^ out, | and said, 
"O Lady Mary, have mercy upon us.'' And straight- 
way she appeared unto them like a flash of light- 
ning, and blinded the eyes of the thieves, and they 
could not see the men who escaped from their hands. 

And again, she appeared unto a certain woman, 
who was a widow, whose son had gone to look into 
a well of water and had fallen therein; and there 
was no man to bring him up out of it. And the 
woman cried out and said, "My Lady Mary, have 
*'mercy upon me;" and the Virgin drew up the child, 
and there was no injury upon him. 

And again, a certain man was sick with a very 
grievous sickness, and the physicians were not able 
to do him any good. And after twenty years, where- 
in he had been nearer unto death than life, he re- 
membered the Lady Mary; and he put incense on 
the fire, and he was made whole immediately on that 
very day. 

And again, a certain ship was dashed to pieces 
by the sea, and all those who were therein had fallen 

^ B reads, "And again there were ships on the sea (read 
''rt^aOiLa f<Laaf^, and the billows were greatly moved and the 
"waves of the sea rose and stood upright; and the dwellers in 
"the ships took refuge in the prayers of the blessed woman, the 
"Lady Mary, and they remembered her, and they put incense on 
"the fire, and straightway the sea became calm, and the waves 
"went down, and the sailors glorified God." 

2 Read O^^^O. 



THE SHIPWRECKED MERCHANT. I 5 5 

into the water. And suddenly the Lady Mary ap- 
peared I running upon the waves* of the sea, and Page 140 
she was carrying the souls of the men, and taking 
them to the dry land so that they might not be 
drowned. 

Now there was a certain merchant in that ship 
which was dashed to pieces, and he also fell into 
the sea ; and he was confiding greatly in the prayers 
of the Lady Mary. And it came to pass that as the 
sailors were journeying over the sea, they lost their 
way, and the ship fell among the rocks, and was 
dashed to pieces; but the merchant escaped upon a 
plank of wood. And the merchant made ready an- 
other ship, and he loaded it with all kinds of rich 
merchandise, and then he began to put out to sea; 
and that ship also was dashed to pieces, but he him- 
self escaped, a second time, upon a plank of wood. 
And he made ready yet another ship, and it also 
was dashed to pieces; but he himself escaped upon 
a plank of wood. And the sea cast him up upon an 
island, which man had never entered, and there were 
date trees and fig trees in the island, and one aged 
anchorite who was worthy to be blessed. And when 
the merchant had gone up into that island, he began 
to walk about in it, and he found there the anchorite; 
and he rejoiced in him with an exceedingly great 
joy, and he was comforted for his afflictions, and he 
related unto the old man all his affairs. And the old 
man said unto the merchant, "Behold, three times 
"hath our Lord saved thee from drowning through 

I Read rd\\^. 



158 THE WOMEN AND THE SERPENT. 

house giving thanks, and glorifying God, Who had 
delivered him from the sea through the prayers of 
the Lady Mary. And it came to pass that the mer- 
chant waxed exceedingly rich, and he built the build- 
ing of the house in that place, and he set out the 
marks for the house in the name of the blessed wo- 
Page 144 man, the Lady | Mary. Now it was the merchant 
himself who related these things. 

And again it came to pass that two women were 
journeying by themselves along the road to Egypt, 
when there came against them a mighty serpent to 
swallow them up. And as they took to flight before 
him with shrieks, and cries, and tears, they made 
mention of the name of the Lady Mary. And when 
the serpent drew nigh to swallow them up, the Angel 
of the Lord smote him, and he was rent in two 
parts, from his head even unto his tail; and he fell 
apart into two pieces. And the women related these 
things throughout all Egypt, and all those who saw 
the serpent glorified God. 

And again the Lady Mary appeared unto a certain 
merchant who had set out on a journey with one 
thousand dinars wherewith to traffic, but he dropped 
them on the road; now, the purse which held them 
dropped from him on the journey and was lost. And 
it came to pass that when he had travelled some 
distance through the mountains, he sat down to eat, 
and he sought, for the purse, but could not find it ; 
and he wept and cried out loudly. And as he came 
along the road he prayed, saying, "O Lady Mary, 
"have mercy upon me." Then the blessed woman 
had mercy upon him, and she took him, and made 



THE PRAYER OF THE SCRIBE. 159 

him to stand over the purse, and he took that which 
belonged unto him, and glorified God. Now, whilst 
the Lady Mary wrought these mighty deeds, and 
many others besides them, the Apostles in Rome, 
and in all the other countries were with her. By her Page 145 
prayers may the Churches of Christ be preserved 
from the Evil One, and from his hosts! Amen. By 
her prayers may priests and kings be reconciled! 
Amen. By her prayers may those who believe be 
preserved from the wickedness of the unbelieving 
Jews! Amen. Whosoever cometh unto her festival, 
and rejoiceth in her commemoration, let him be aided 
by her prayers! Amen. And may all those who give 
alms from their houses on that day to the poor be 
rewarded an hundredfold ; and may they have happi- 
ness, and rejoice, and be glad, and may all troubles 
and afflictions be cast away from them! Amen. May 
the grayheaded be strengthened, and the young men 
be made sound in the fear of God! May the young 
children be reared, and may the women be preserved 
without blemish! [Amen.] May the sick be healed, and 
may atonement, be made for the sinful ! [Amen.] May 
those who are afar off be brought back to their homes 
in safety, and may those who are near be preserved ! 
[Amen.] May those women who are barren conceive 
like Sarah and Hannah, and may those who are vir- 
gins be kept in a state of chastity! [Amen.J By the 
prayers of the Lady Mary may all sorts and con- 
ditions of men be provided | henceforth with the pro- Page 146 
visions of the commemoration ! Amen. And may every 
one who shall celebrate her commemoration, and shall 
set apart some portion of his house for the church 



1 60 FURTHER MIRACLES OF THE VIRGIN. 



which shall be built in her name, be blessed in his 
house through her prayers! Amen. And may her 
prayer be with the writer of this book, and with the 
reader thereof, and with those who hearken there- 
unto ! [Amen.] And unto the people of the Christians 
may there be rest and peace! Amen. 

Glory be to God! And upon us and upon every 
one who shall read and expound this book, be His 
mercy and graciousness ! Yea and Amen. 



And again, by the hand of God I write down the 
account of the wonderful thing which the blessed 
woman, the Lady Mary, wrought ; may her prayer be 
a rock wall unto us! 

Know ye, O my beloved brethren, that the Fathers 
and Doctors of the Holy Church have related unto 
us concerning the miracles and wonderful deeds which 
the pure Virgin, the Lady Mary, wrought after our 
Page 147 Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. |* And the 
Fathers have said that there was in the city of Apamea 
a certain man who was a true believer, and that he 
believed in the Lady Mary, the Mother of Christ, 
with a great belief. And from year to year he was 
wont to make a great memorial feast, and to gather 
together a mighty multitude of people from every 
city, and from every village, and from every country. 
And it came to pass that one year he made his 
memorial feast according to his wont, and he invited 
thereto the Bishops, and the Metropolitans, and the 
monks who were solitaries, and the priests and the 
deacons, and a very large number of people who 



THE SON OF ANDRONICUS IS DROWNED. l6l 

were believers; and thousands, and tens of thousands 
of people came (now they were without number), and 
they were glad and rejoiced in the commemoration 
of the chariot of the Lady Mary, the mother of Christ. 
Now the name of the man who made the memorial 
feast was Andronicus, and the name of his son was 
Andrew, besides whom he had no other son. And it 
came to pass that his father sent him down to the 
sea-shore, to those who caught fish, to bring some 
fish which they might prepare for the feast of the 
Bishops and the monks. And when the boy had gone 
out, and had departed and arrived at the sea, at the 
place where the fishermen were, he bought some 
fish from them, and sent them home to his father's 
house with his servants. Now he himself did not re- 
turn with the servants, but he remained on the shore 
with the fishermen. And he began to play in a boat 
which was there on the sea-shore, and he went up 
on it and embarked therein. Then, straightway, the 
boat became loose of its own accord, and got away 
from among the ships, and drifted out to sea, with- 
out the knowledge of any of the sailors. And when 
the boat had floated out to sea a little way, the 
waves and billows rose up against the little ship, 
and the boy fell out of it, and went down to the 
bottom of the sea. 

And when the servants who had with them the 
fish arrived at their master's house, he enquired of 
them concerning his son. And the servants made 
answer, and said unto him, "Lord, he would neither 
"hearken unto us, nor would he be persuaded to 

"come with us; and we did not like to thwart his will, 

II 



1 62 ANDRONICUS CELEBRATES THE FESTIVAL 

Page 148 **for he besought us | to let him play there for about 
**the space of an hour, and then he would come back." 
And his father rejoiced when he heard thus, and he 
occupied himself with the company that were in his 
house. 

And when the time of evening had drawn nigh 
and had arrived, and the boy did not come back, 
his father went quickly to the fishermen and enquir- 
ed of them concerning his son, and what had become 
of him. And the fishermen said unto him, "May est 
**thou live for ever! Thy son hath this day been 
**drqwned in the sea. Immediately after thy servants 
"had gone back, leaving the boy with us, he went 
"and began to play in one of the boats which be- 
"came unfastened whilst he was inside it, and then 
"drifted out to sea; and the billows dashed against 
"the boat, and thy son fell out of it and sank into 
"the sea. Now we were far away from the boat, and 
"were not able to render him help; but it was here 
"that he was drowned and sank into the sea. Now 
"therefore, thou knowest." And the father of the 
boy made answer to the fishermen, and said unto 
them, "I bid you swear by the Great Name of God 
"that ye will tell unto no man this mystery until the 
"blessed festival of the Lady Mary, the mother of our 
"Redeemer, be ended, so that our gladness may not 
"be changed into sorrow and mourning, and our joy 
"into anguish and sadness." Then Andronicus, having 
made them to take the oath and admonished them, 
returned to his house. 

And when he had returned, his wife saw him, and 
said unto him, "Where is thy son Andrew? And why 



OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 1 63 

"hast thou not brought him with thee?'' Her hus- 
band answered and said unto her, "I left him to 
**play there." Now he did not wish to reveal unto 
her the news of the drowning of her son until the 
festival was ended. And the wife waited a little 
longer, and again said unto her husband, "Where is 
"the boy?" And Andronicus said unto her, "What 
"could I do? For the boy wanted to play with the 
"other children, and I was unwilling to thwart his 
"will." And he did not reveal unto her that the 
boy was drowned, lest the progress of the festival 
should be interfered with and stopped, and joy should 
be turned to anguish and weeping. 

And it came to pass that when the morning had 
come his wife said again unto him, "Where is the 
"boy, I our son?" And he rebuked her, and said Page 149 
unto her, "I am unwilling to trouble him, for behold, 
"he is playing with the boys his companions, and is 
"rejoicing with them. Speak thou no further on the 
"matter." And he did not reveal the matter unto her 
until the people had partaken of the sanctification of 
the Holy Mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ. 
Then the multitudes began to eat and to drink, and 
the festival was duly celebrated with everything which 
was right and proper, and all the people wished to 
depart to their homes. And it came to pass that, 
when the crowds had departed to set out on their 
journey, the mother of the boy said unto her hus- 
band, "Where is thy son? Peradventure he is lost." 
Then her husband said unto her, "Woman, thy son 
"was drowned in the sea yesterday. Immediately our 

"servants had brought away the fish, our son Andrew 

II* 



164 THE MOURNING FOR ANDREW. 

"embarked in a little boat, and began to play there- 
"in, that is to say, on the deck(?)* of the boat; and he 
**fell out of the boat into the sea and was drowned. 
**And now, whatsoever thou wishest to do, that do." 
And when the mother of the boy heard the amazing 
news that her son was drowned, she began to cry 
out, and to weep, and to utter loud shrieks; and she 
pulled loose her plaited hair, and scattered dust upon 
her head, and smote herself upon her cheeks. Now 
when all the multitudes heard the sound of the shrieks 
and the crying, they turned back from their ways, 
and came to see what had happened. And when they 
had entered into the city of Apamea, they began to 
ask, **What is this noise, and this outcry, and this 
"commotion?" And the people said unto them, "An- 
"drew, the son of Andronicus who made the memor- 
"ial feast in the name of the Lady Mary, was drowned 
"in the sea yesterday." And the priests and a great 
multitude of believing folk gathered themselves to- 
gether, and came to the parents of the boy, and 
they saw that they were sorrowing and weeping be- 
cause of the drowning of the boy ; now all the people 
who had come to the feast had returned. And all 
the people went forth in a body from the city along 
with the father and mother of the boy, and they came | 
Page 150 with them to the sea, and they began to ask the 
catchers of fish about the place where Andrew sank 
and was drowned. 

Then the Bishops, and the monks, and the elders, 

^ r^hsl^SJiD is a boat with a portion of it covered over to serve 
as a deck; ruCl^^ may be this deck. 



ANDREW IS BROUGHT UP OUT OF THE SEA. 165 



and the deacons, and all the people, and the assem- 
blies of believing men, stood up and began to pray, 
and to make entreaty unto God. And they cried 
out with the sound of weeping, and they made sup- 
plication unto the Lady Mary, and said, "O Mother 
"of our Redeemer, save the child through thy prayers." 
Then swimmers dived down into the sea, and went 
round about therein, and they came to the place 
where the boy had sunk ; and they saw him still alive, 
and they brought him forth out of the sea. And all 
the people rejoiced in him, and were glad, and great 
fear fell upon them; and they remained wondering 
and marvelling at what they had seen, and they lift- 
ed up praise unto God. And they drew nigh unto 
the boy and asked him, saying, "O boy, tell us, 
**and make us to know what happened unto thee." 
Then the boy Andrew began to speak, and he said 
unto them in a loud voice, "Hear, O all ye people, 
"what I have to say, and I will tell you what hath 
"happened unto me. O my brethren, yesterday I 
"came hither, with the servants whom my father had 
"sent, to buy fish for the meal which we were mak- 
"ing for the Bishops and monks. And we bought 
"fish from those who catch them, and the servants 
"took them and went [home]; and I stayed here by 
"myself under the deck (?) in a boat. And I got up on 
"it, and put out to sea a little way, and then the 
"waves rose up and beat upon the boat, and I fell 
"out of it into the sea. And when I began to sink 
"and to drown, I saw there a woman who was shin- 
"ing with light like unto the sun. And she was wrap- 
"ped about with glory and splendour, and she was 



1 66 ANDREW'S NARRATIVE. 

**dressed in apparel of light; and she was crowned 
"with glory, and she was clothed with garments both 
"purple and violet-coloured.' And she lifted me on 
**to her knees, and she clasped me unto herself and 
"embraced me; and she put one arm round about 
"my neck, and the other she laid upon my mouth, 
"so that the water might not enter therein." And she 
"said unto me, "Fear not, O my son.'' And I saw 
Page 151 "also two men | who were glorious and splendid, and 
"they were burning like unto fire, and they had also 
"wings of fire; and they were standing round about 
"that woman to pay her honour. And whenever any 
"of the large fish which are in the waters drew nigh 
"unto me to swallow me up, those two men blew 
"upon him that came and he was consumed.* And 
"that woman held me upon her knees thus from yester- 
"day until now. And it came to pass that when the 
"swimmers descended after me, the woman saw them, 
"and when they were near me, she said unto me, 
"*Rise, O my son, and go up with these swimmers 
"*who have come down into the sea for thee'; and 
"she kissed my face, and delivered me over unto 
"them, and 1 came up with them. And behold, I 
"stand among you now as ye see." 

And every one who heard this wonderful thing 
marvelled, and gave glory unto God, and exalted 
our Lady, the Lady Mary, and paid honour unto her 
who gave birth unto Christ, our Redeemer. And every 
man of all those who were there set out to depart 



^ Read .iruo. 



' %i' 



THE FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGIN IN APAMEA. 1 67 

again unto his own country in joy and gladness, and 
they glorified God; and they gave thanks unto, and paid 
honour unto, and magnified the holy Virgin, the Lady 
Mary, because of everything which they had seen and 
heard. And Andronicus, the father of the boy, made a 
most solemn vow that the festival and commemoration 
of the Lady Mary should never fail to be kept in his 
house; and behold, to this day the people thereof 
celebrate, in the city of Apamea, on the day on 
which this great and marvellous thing was wrought, 
the festival and commemoration of the Lady Mary. 
And every one who heard these words glorified God, 
to Whom glory and honour are meet, now and at 
all times, and for ever and for ever. Amen. 

And now, O my beloved brethren, know that we 
beseech and entreat Christ, Who was born of her, 
and Who rose from the womb of the pure, and holy, 
and blessed Virgin, that in His mercy and gracious- 
ness He will bless whosoever shall celebrate the fest- 
ival of the Lady Mary, | and shall honour and mag- page 152 
nify the festivals and commemorations with praisings 
and hymns of the Holy Spirit. And we also beseech 
Christ to let His rest and peace abide in every coun- 
try wherein they honour the festivals of the Virgin, 
the Lady Mary, and to let His good things be mul- 
tiplied therein; and unto all the inhabitants thereof 
let there be help and deliverance from the fire of 
Gehenna! Yea, and Amen. 



Here endeth the History of the blessed woman, 
the Lady Mary, the Mother of Christ our Lord. And 



I 68 COLOPHON OF THE MANUSCRIPT. 

unto God be glory, and honour, and exaltation, and 
worship, for ever and for ever! Amen.' 



^ The colophon of the MS. states that the copy of the work 
published in this book was made by one 'isa, the son of Isaiah, 
the son of Cyriacus the deacon, who belonged to the village of 
Ekror, in the country of the Sendaye, at Al-kosh. It was finished 
on the nth day of the Latter Kanon, A. D. 1889, "in the days 
"of Mar tliya, XIII, the Catholicus Patriarch of Babel of the East. 
At the end it is said that I paid for the copying of the work. 



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THE HISTORY OF THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST, 
AND OF HOW THE ACCURSED JEWS IN THE 
CITY OF TIBERIAS MADE A MOCK THEREOF 
IN THE DAYS OF THE GOD-LOVING EMPEROR 

ZENO. 



THE HISTORY OF THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST, AND OF HOW Page 157 
THE ACCURSED JEWS IN THE CITY OF TIBERIAS MADE A 
MOCK THEREOF IN THE DAYS OF THE GOD-LOVING EMPEROR 
ZENO.' O LORD, HELP ME IN THY MERCY I AMEN. 



From Philotheus, the Deacon of the Country of 
the East, to the spiritual Fathers, who are in every 
country, and in every province, in Jesus Christ our 
Lord and God; peace be multiplied! 

I would have you to know, O my brethren, that 
I was exceedingly anxious in the love of our Lord 
to go up to Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, 
and to see the exalted regions wherein Christ walk- 
ed, and the holy Places wherein He wrought mighty 
deeds and miracles. For I had desire to go to Beth- 
lehem, and to enter into the Cave and to see the 
place where' He, Who fashioneth babes in the wombs 
of those Who are with child, was wrapped in swad- 
dling-bands and laid in a manger. And from thence 
I would go to the Jordan that I might understand 
how the river could bear Him Who created it, Him 

' Emperor of the East A. D. 474 — 491. 

^ Here and elsewhere for rtlSAftf^ we should probably read 



I 7 2 THE EPISTLE OF PHILOTHEUS. 



Who holdeth the waters of the sea in the hollow of 
His Hand, and Who hath set the sand as an im- 
passable boundary therefor. And I would go up also 
to Cana and see the place where* He, Who com- 
manded the earth to produce trees of every kind 
which should bear fruit each having the taste after 
its kind, sat at meat, having been invited to the feast, 
and changed the water into wine. And I would alight 
at and pass through the Porch of Solomon, and see 
the place where lay the paralytic, whose sickness had 
cleaved unto him and vexed him throughout eight 
Page 158 and thirty years, to whom He | spake one word, 
and raised him up from his bed; for to God every- 
thing is easy.^ And I would see the well of the 
Samaritan woman, and how he who had been blind 
from his mother's womb was healed. And I would 
pass by the grave of Lazarus, and I would go up 
from thence to Golgotha, and I would see where 
was fixed the Cross of Him Who stretched out the 
ladder from the heavens to the earth in the moun- 
tain of Gilead for the sake of Jacob His beloved. 
And I would go into the grave and see where the 
Lion's Whelp, concerning Whom the prophets wrote 
in their mysteries, crouched in the habitation of Sheol 
for three days and three nights. And afterwards I 
would go up to the Mount of Olives, where He lift- 
ed up His holy hands and blessed the Apostles and 
ascended unto his glorious Father. And I would also 
enter into the upper chamber where He, Who went 
forth from the womb and did not destroy the signs 

' See p. 171, note 2. 

^ Read, according to Add. 14,645 m^oa\ ea\ n^^^ A&:i. 



PHILOTHEUS SETS OUT ON HIS JOURNEY. I 73 

of virginity of her who gave Him birth, went in to 
His disciples, the doors being shut. This, then, was 
the earnest desire which possessed me. And I set 
my face, and drew nigh unto my Bishop, and I per- 
suaded him to permit me to go to perform my jour- 
ney. And he received my entreaty and sent me 
away, and blessed me, saying, "Go, and may the 
"Lord God, Who hath kindled in thee the desire to 
"journey in His path in the belief of the truth, go 
"with thee. May He make straight thy way before 
"thee so that thou mayest go in peace and come in 
"peace; and may He make marvellous things to flourish 
"at thy hands, and mayest thou come and tell us 
"concerning the glorious things which thine eyes have 
"seen. Mayest thou be a builder up of the belief of 
"the truth, and an overthrower of the Jews whose 
"wickedness thou shalt see, and concerning whose 
"shame thou shalt make proclamation! And do thou 
"pray on our behalf in the holy temples into which 
"thou shalt enter, and do thou have me in remem- 
"brance before the Grave of our Lord." With these 
words of blessing, then, was I provided for my jour- 
ney by my Bishop, and he spake unto me as it were 
in prophecy, for every thing which he spake unto 
me came to pass.* 

And it came to pass afterwards that I rose up 
and went forth from the house of my fathers, and 
having committed my soul to the living God I cross- 
ed over the river, the great Euphrates; and I jour- 
neyed through provinces, and I meditated in my heart, 



' For >ocD, read r^ccD. 



174 ^^ PASSES THROUGH PALESTINE. 



Page 159 and I understood matters. And I passed through Pale- 
stine and through the country of Tiberias; I saw 
cities which had become heaps and mounds, palaces 
which had been overthrown, villages which had been 
destroyed, and homesteads which had been made 
desolate and had become graves for the lords thereof. 
I saw dead bodies which had been scattered about, 
and bones which had been stripped of their flesh, and 
human limbs which had been thrown down broadcast ; 
and I thought within myself that this country must 
have been Sodom whereupon God made to fall fire and 
brimstone. And as I was marvelling if it were so or 
no, not knowing whom I could ask to inform me, I 
bowed the knee, and prayed and said, "O God, 
"Who in Thy love wast pleased to descend from the 
"heavens to the earth to redeem the children of men 
"from error, do Thou make to meet me a man who 
"feareth Thy holy name that he may show me what 
"mean these things which mine eyes have seen, and 
"what cause hath called this destruction [upon the 
"country]." And it came to pass that whilst I was 
praying a certain man rose up before me, grey- 
haired but goodly of form and desirable in his ap- 
pearance, and his words were gracious; and I look- 
ed upon him and knew that God had sent him. And 
I drew nigh unto him and saluted him, and I receiv- 
ed a blessing from him, and I made entreaty unto 
him, saying, "I beseech thee, O master, to tell me 
"and to show me what is the cause of the overthrow 
"of all these cities and villages over which I have 
"passed and which have been turned into a wilder- 
"ness, and when they received this judgment," Then 



HE MEETS A MESSENGER OF GOD. I 75 

the holy one opened his mouth and spake softly 
unto me, and said unto me, "Rise up, O my son, 
"hearken, and I will show thee. It was thus from 
"the beginning. When God saw that Adam had been 
"brought low and had been cast into Sheol, and that 
"his posterity had been led captive by Satan, and 
"had been brought into servitude under the yoke of 
"sin. He sent His Son Who came down and put on 
"Adam through the Virgin Mary; and He was born 
"and rose upon the world with unspeakable wonder, 
"even as He desired and as was good in His sight. 
"And the Magi came, bearing offerings, and the angels 
"came down, singing praises with their voices, and 
"the Seraphim, rustling their wings, and | they cried Page i6o 
"out at the door of the cave in which He was born, 
"saying, 'Holy, Holy, Holy is the Son of God Who 
"*hath come down from the heavens to the earth'. 
"And He became like the children of men, and He 
"attained to perfect stature like all [men] born of 
"women. He hungered and thirsted like the children 
"of men; He slept like the children of flesh; He 
"wrought mighty deeds; He made manifest marvellous 
"works like God; He cleansed the lepers, and cast 
"out devils; He drove away demons; He made whole 
"the sick; He healed those that were diseased; He 
"gave life unto the dead; He made straight those 
"that were crooked with disease ; He opened the eyes 
"of the blind; He made the deaf to hear; He com- 
"manded the water, and it became wine; and He 
"blessed five barley -loaves, and five thousand men 
"ate thereof and were satisfied. By His coming He 
"made to be at peace the heavens and the earth 



I 76 THE MESSENGER'S NARRATIVE. 

"which had been moved to wrath; in the wilderness 
"there was abundance; in the tilled land there were 
"wonders; in the height there was glorifying; and in 
"the depth there was praise. 

"But the people of the Jews had envy of Him, and 
"they laid hands upon Him, and seized Him, and revil- 
"ed Him, and despised Him, and uttered blasphemies 
"concerning Him; and they delivered Him to the judg- 
"ment of death, and they smote Him and they buffeted 
"Him. They set up a Cross and hung Him thereon, 
"He cried out from the top of the wood, and the sun 
"became darkened in the firmament. The veil of the 
"door of the Temple heard His voice and was rent 
"in twain; the rocks perceived it and split asunder; 
"the graves were opened and the dead went forth 
"therefrom. He delivered His soul into the hands 
"of His Father; and they took Him down from the 
"Cross, and laid Him in the grave. He entered into 
"the abode of the dead, and did not see corruption. 
"The angels came down and rolled away the stone 
"from the door of the grave; He rose from the tomb 
"on the third day, and raised up many with Him. 
"He appeared unto His disciples after [His] Resur- 
"rection from the dead, and He blessed them, and 
"ascended into heaven unto His Father, Who had 
"sent Him into the world, and He raised up with 
"Him the body of Adam. And, behold. He sitteth at 
"the right hand of Him Who sent Him." 

"Now this destruction which thou hast seen, that 
"is to say, the cities and villages which have been 
"overturned upon their inhabitants, hath taken place 
"because they despised His commandments and would 



SPEECH OF THE AGED MAN. I 7 7 

"not receive Him, and because they contemned His 
* 'goodness and because they did not | believe that Page i6i 
"He was the true God Who came forth from the true 
"God. Now the reason for this judgment is this: 
"When Christ was dwelling in Jerusalem His disciples 
"drew nigh unto Him and showed Him the building 
"of the Temple of Jerusalem ; and they said unto Him, 
"'Behold, see how beautiful is the building of this 
"'Temple, and how great, and glorious, and lofty, 
"'and splendid it is!' And Jesus answered and said 
"unto them, 'Verily, I say unto you. Because the 
"'Father is not served therein with holiness, and the 
"'Son is not adored therein with praise, and the 
"'Spirit is not cherished therein with devotion, one 
"'stone shall not be left upon another which shall not 
"'be overthrown; and the beauty thereof shall be de- 
"'stroyed, and the Temple shall fall to the ground.' 
"And thus it came to pass, for it was overthrown even 
"to its foundations. And the Jews rose up afterwards 
"to set it up again and to build it as it was afore- 
"time, and to make the holy words of Christ to be 
"a lie. And the anger of the Lord went up and 
"He waxed wroth against them. He looked upon the 
"earth and made it to tremble. He commanded it 
"and it reeled, and its spirit descended and it turn- 
"ed itself over upon its inhabitants. And, had it not 
"been that the mercy of Christ sustained creation, 
"destruction,* absolute and entire, must have come 
"unto it. This is the cause of the desolation which 
"thou hast seen. But do thou, wheresoever thou goest, 

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178 PHILOTHEUS ENTERS TIBERIAS. 

"proclaim and teach and speak (and thou shalt not 
"be afraid), that this Jesus, Who was born of Mary 
"the Virgin, is God Who came forth from the Liv- 
"ing God, and that He was with His Father from 
"everlasting. May every soul, and every dominion, 
"and all powers worship and glorify Him, to Whom 
"praise and adoration are due for ever and for ever! 
"Amen." 

And it came to pass that, when I had stood up 
and had listened to the words of the man of God, 
and had laid [them] in my heart, he was hidden from 
me, and I knew not whither he had gone. So I be- 
gan to journey forwards on my way, and I went 
and entered into Tiberias,' and as I was going round 
about I saw therein horrible signs and fearful sights, 
that is to say, confusion which was without order | 
Page 162 among the enemies of Christ and those who hated 
God. There were children who were without faith, 
and fathers who had no truth in them; they entered 
in scoffing, and they came forth mocking; they went 
forth blaspheming, and they came back sinning. And 
I rose up, and marvelled, and pains laid hold upon 
me like a woman who is about to bring forth; I me- 
ditated anxiously, and my spirit was troubled. I look- 
ed on the right hand, and I saw that there was none 
who knew me; I longed greatly to hear the sweet 
voice of the cry which proclaimed concerning the 



' /. e,y the strongly fortified capital of Galilaea which was situat- 
ed on the south-west coast of the sea of Tiberias; it was built 
by the tetrarch Antipas in honour of the Emperor Tiberius, and 
lay at a distance of about 84 miles from Jerusalem. 



SECOND APPEARANCE OF THE AGED MAN. 179 

faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, and there was none. 
And moreover, whilst I was' pondering this thought, 
"What is this heathenism, and where is the root 
**thereof that it hath not as yet dried up?" and whilst 
I was marvelling concerning everything which mine 
eyes had seen I left [that place] and went forth out- 
side the city. And I went away therefrom about the 
distance of one mile, and I set the knee, and prayed, 
and said, "O Lord God, Who art merciful, and pro- 
"tecting, and long-suffering, and abundant in good- 
"ness and truth. Who desirest that the children of men 
"may live, Who lovest rest and peace, let there be 
"found for me a man Who feareth Thy holy name 
"that he may show and declare unto me what is the 
"cause of this sin, and what is the promise of this 
"wickedness." 

And it came to pass that as I was making sup- 
plication and praying unto God I found that man, 
who had appeared unto me aforetime, standing be- 
fore me; but his appearance was changed, for he 
was clothed with wrath, his speech was hot with in- 
dignation, and he was like unto a man who had es- 
caped from a band of thieves. And he cried unto 
me and said, "What seekest thou, O man? What 
"cause hath called thee to this country? Whither is 
"thy face set to go?" And I drew nigh unto him, 
and I saluted him, and I received a blessing from 
him, and I made entreaty unto him concerning that 
which he had spoken unto me. And I asked him, 
saying, "I entreat thee, O my lord, tell me what is 



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I 80 THE EPISTLE OF PHILOTHEUS. 

"thy name, and whence comest thou, and why thou 
"appearest to me like a man driven onwards by 
"violence, and like a man who hath escaped from a 
"band of thieves, and like a hostile man who is arm- 
"ed for war? For although thy appearance be fair 
Page i63 "and thy speech straight, yet thy wrath | is cruel, and 
"I am afraid to look upon thee." Then he opened 
his mouth and spake unto me, saying, "I am the 
"captain of the hosts of the Lord, and I minister 
"unto the majesty of the Son of God. I prayed unto 
"Him, and He hath sent me to show thee that which 
"thou hast asked and to inform thee concerning thy 
"desire; and behold. He hath sent me unto thee twice. 
"For when pure prayer is offered unto Him, straight- 
"way He commandeth, and the prayer entereth in 
"before Him and receiveth that which it hath asked, 
"and goeth forth; for God is the merciful One, and 
"He heareth likewise the prayers of all those who 
"believe. And, behold, we have received the com- 
"mand from Him, and we are wont to bring in [be- 
"fore Him] the prayers of all those who are penitent 
"through the gate of the glory of the exalted majes- 
"ty; and we do not dare to look at Him Who re- 
"ceiveth them.* And because thy prayer hath entered 
"in before Him, behold, I have been sent unto thee 
"twice that I might make known unto thee that which 
"thou hast asked in thy prayer from God. And as 
"concerning that which thou hast said, that thou dost 
"look upon me as upon one armed for battle, I stand 
"ready so that if it was permitted unto me I would 

^ The better reading is that of Add. 14,645 which has ^coAilnaSn.!. 



SPEECH OF THE AGED MAN. 



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'straightway destroy all those who crucified [Christ]. 
*And I would cast down the dead bodies of the Jews, 
*and would make an end* of the nation that pro- 
*voketh to wrath, and would blot out from the face 
*of the earth all the sons of Jacob who have dared 
*to revile, and to buffet, and to crucify, and to slay 
*Him upon the outermost edge of the abiding-place 
*of Whose Majesty we do not dare to look. It is 
*for this reason that my wrath hath mounted up. But 
'hearken, and I will show thee an iniquity which the 
*wrath-provoking sons of contumacious fathers have 
'wrought, which is greater than all else in this city 
'which was stirred up thereby. And I prayed to God 
'that He would show thee, for the ears of the chil- 
'dren of men are not able to hear this iniquitous 
'thing, nor is their tongue able to speak concerning 
'this wickedness, for it is great beyond measure, and 
'abundant beyond counting, and vast beyond bounds. 
'Atonement cannot be made for it, and offerings 
'cannot be offered up therefor, for its retribution is 
'Gehenna, the wages thereof are the worms, and the 
'punishment | therefor is darkness, and the inheritance Page 164 
'thereof is woe and gnashing of teeth. Hearken now, 
'and I will show thee, O believing man, and receive my 
'words, and ascribe glory unto God Who hath been 
'so long-suffering towards this contumacious people. 
'For when they were in Egypt, and the Egyptians 
'were making them serve with the service of mud 
'and of bricks, and were embittering their lives with 
'cruel labour, they cried out unto God and He heard 



' Read, with Add. 14,645, ixS^&SDf^o. 



1 82 THE EPISTLE OF PHILOTHEUS. 

*their groaning, and He remembered His covenant 
*and had mercy upon them. And He sent Moses 
*and Aaron unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, that 
*He might deliver them out of the hand of those who 
*were afflicting them. He wrought miracles and wonder- 
*ful deeds among them by the cruel plagues with which 
*He smote the Egyptians, and He brought the people 
*out from thence. He divided the Sea of Reeds be- 
*fore them, and He heaped up the waters, as it were 
*in skin -bottles, and the waters stood up straight, 
*on their right hand and on their left, and became 
*unto them like a wall, and the people passed through 
*the sea on dry land. And Pharaoh the king of 
*Egypt followed after them, and Moses brought his 
*hand back over the sea, and it returned upon Pha- 
*raoh and upon all his host; and the Egyptians per- 
*ished, and were drowned among the waves. And 
*the Hebrews went up with praise and exultation, 
*and God led them into the desert. He made them 
*to march in the day time in a pillar of cloud, so 
*that they should not be afraid of the hand of those 
*who might afflict them in the noonday, and by night 
*in the radiance of fire, so that they might not stumble 
*in the darkness. He fed them with all manner of 
*good things, and He satisfied them with all manner 
*of glorious foods; they ate the bread of angels, yet 
'they asked for onions and garlic. The nations were 
'laid waste and cast down before them, yet they 
'desired anxiously to be buried in Egypt; and they 
'said unto Moses, 'Why didst thou not leave us to 
"die in Egypt?' They became fat like stalled beasts 
'with the good things of the sea and of the land, 



SPEECH OF THE AGED MAN. 1 83 

"yet their mouth was filled with blasphemy and com- 
"plaint. He cleft the rock in the wilderness, and brought 
"out running waters from the stone, and they com- 
"plained against God, | and said, * Since He hath Page 165 
"^smitten the stony rock, and waters have flowed 
"'down and He hath made springs to gush out, per- 
" 'adventure He is also able to give us bread or to 
"'make ready meat for His people/ And the Lord 
"heard, and was wroth, but because of His covenant 
"with Abraham He turned back His anger that He 
"might not destroy them. And the Lord cried unto 
"Moses, and said unto him, 'Speak unto the children 
"'of Israel, that they sanctify themselves and be holy; 
"'and do thou come up unto me into the mountain, 
"'and I will give thee the Law and the Commandment 
"'which thou shalt hand down to them/ And Moses 
"did as the Lord said unto him, and while he was 
"coming down from the mountain the people stood 
"up against Aaron, and said unto him, 'Make unto 
"'us gods that they may go before us.' O foolish 
"nation, O stubborn nation, O contumacious nation, 
"could ye not perform His commandments? And con- 
"sider the strength of God Who worked on your be- 
"half. Who turned the waters into blood, and Who 
"on your account punished the Egyptians severely 
"with lice, and with blains, and with fire, and with 
"hail, and with the death of the first-born, and with 
"afflictions of every kind? And yet ye would require 
"a God! And they made themselves a calf, and 
"they bowed down before him, and they changed 
"their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth 
"hay. And because of this thing my wrath went up. 



184 THE EPISTLE OF PHILOTHEUS. 



"But hearken, and I will shew thee iniquity which is 
"greater than all these things. And I prayed unto 
"God, and I entreated Him to shew thee the iniquity 
"which the wrath-provoking sons of rebellious fathers 
"have wrought in this city, whereby it hath become 
"perturbed. Hearken then, and receive my words, and 
"ascribe glory unto God, Who hath been so long- 
"suffering with this contumacious people.'* 

"Now those who crucified the Son of God wrote in 
"their covenants to their sons, and to their sons' sons, 
"saying, *We seized Christ, the Son of Mary, because 
"*He called Himself the Son of God; and we delivered 
"*Him over to the judgment of death, and we cru- 
"*cified Him, and we slew Him. And He did not 
"*rise of His own accord, but by favour He was buri- 
"'ed by the children of His people. And after His 
"*death we seized His disciples, and we persecuted 
" *them, and we slew them, and we drove them forth | 
Page 166 "'from the congregation; and they went round about 
"'begging. And ye also, O children of fathers who 
"'wrought these things, make no mistake. If there 
"'should be any man who would make you to err 
"'[by following] after the doctrine of that seducer, 
" 'or if ye should find any man confessing Him, as 
"'we have done even so do ye.' But the foolish 
"nation did not know that these things had been 
"inscribed for their shame, and that they had been 
"written down for their reproach. And all their chil- 
"dren who were in this city gathered themselves to- 
"gether, and they also meditated within themselves 
"how much disgrace they were able to heap upon 
"the honourable Name of Christ; and they took coun- 



THE IMAGE OF CHRIST PAINTED ON WOOD. 



185 



sel, one with another, how to make a picture of the 
Likeness of Christ upon a panel of wood, and how 
to make a mock of Him and how to insult Him. 
And the nobles took counsel together, and they 
sent and called a certain painter and said unto him 
craftily, We know that our fathers who crucified 
'Christ acted very wickedly, and we do not consent 
'to the wickedness which they wrought. But we 
'entreat thee to take as much gold as ever thou 
'wishest, and to paint for us a likeness of Christ.' 
And these mad people did not know that they were 
weaving a crown for their shame! And the painter 
said unto them, 'I cannot paint a likeness of Christ 
'for the nation that crucified Him upon the wood, 
'lest the governors hear thereof, and take off my 
'head as being a man who participated in the secrets 
'of the Jews.' And the chief priests said unto him, 
'We ourselves believe in Christ, and every one who 
'heareth that thou hast given unto us a likeness of 
'Christ that we may worship Him (for we believe 
'in Him with our whole heart), will multiply the 
'praise of thee.' And the painter said unto the Jews, 
'How would ye have me to portray Him? And in 
'what manner would ye have me to depict Him?' 
And the priests said unto him, 'Paint Him for us 
'upon a large panel of wood, hanging upon the 
'cross, and clothed in purple apparel, and having 
'the crown of thorns upon His head.'" 
"And the painter took a panel of wood, and painted 
a likeness of Christ upon it even as they had told 
him. And the Jews took it and set it up in an 
nnner chamber that they might insult | it and work page 167 



I 86 A JEW PIERCES THE WOOD WITH A SPEAR. 

"their will upon it. And they knelt down upon their 
"knees, and they paid homage unto it, and they 
"said, *This is the Christ Whom our fathers crucified, 
"*and we also give our consent to what they did in 
"*the matter. And we would follow in their footsteps, 
"*and we would emulate their acts; and had we been 
"'living in their days we would have performed the 
"*deed much better than they did.' Then one of 
"them ran, and took a spear, and grasping it in his 
"hand said, 1 myself also do even as my fathers 
"*did'; and he drave the spear into the side of the 
"likeness of Christ, and made a mock of it the while. 
"Then straightway blood and water came forth there- 
"from. And the people who would crucify saw this 
"and marvelled, and some of them confessed, saying, 
" *Verily He Whom our fathers crucified in Jerusalem 
"*is the Son of God, and He is the true God; and 
"*this wonderful thing is indeed great.' And they 
"began to try and hide the matter as if nothing had 
"taken place. And it came to pass that, whilst they 
"stood whispering, and were seeking to hide this 
"matter so that it might not be heard of, a certain 
"blind man who was standing there heard them whis- 
"pering. And he answered and said unto them, *I 
"^entreat you to bring me nigh unto the likeness so 
"*that I may insult Him Who, being a man, made 
"^Himself to be the Son of God.' And the Jews 
"thought that he was [speaking] the truth, and they 
"took the blind man and brought him nigh unto it; 
"and the blind man stretched out his hand, and 
"clasped the likeness. And, as all the people were 
"looking on, he took some of the water and blood 



THE OPENING OF THE EYES OF THE BLIND MAN. 1 87 



and smeared it upon his eyes, and he cried out 
with a loud voice, saying, *0 Christ, the Son of 
*God, as Bar-Tinii (Bartimaeus) cried unto Thee, 
*and Thou didst lay Thine hand upon his eyes and 
*he saw thfe light, even so open Thou mine eyes 
*for me in this hour, and I will confess Thy good- 
*ness, and Thy holy Name shall be glorified/ And 
immediately that the water and the blood touched 
him, his eyes were opened, and he saw the light, 
and he became as one whom hurt had never touch- 
ed; and he gave thanks and glorified God | for the Page i68 
act of grace which He had wrought for him. Then 
the Jews took counsel among themselves, and said, 
*Come, let us kill this blind man so that he may 
*not go forth and proclaim in the world that which 
*hath happened unto him. If we do not do this our 
^priesthood will come to an end, and our laws will 
*be abrogated, and our nation will perish, and our 
^synagogue will be destroyed, and we shall die/" 
"And it came to pass that when those who believ- 
ed in Christ heard these things, they planned means 
whereby they might rescue him from out of their 
hands. And they said unto them, *Nay, not so, it 
*is not good thact we should kill him, lest the report 
'thereof go forth the more into the world, and it 
'lead every man astray after Christ, and the people 
'say. They rose up and killed that blind man be- 
'cause Christ opened his eyes. But let us give him 
'such a bribe as is necessary, and when he has 
'accepted it let us teach him to say that we laid 
'upon him the ark which is filled with our Holy Scrip- 
'tures, and the Tables of the Law which Moses 



1 88 THE JEWS TRY TO BRIBE HIM. 



^** wrote, and the Rod of Aaron, and the Coffer of 
*'*Manna, and he saw the light.' Then the priests 
"called the blind man, and said unto him, 'What 
"'say est thou, O man? Choose thee one of two 
"'things. Either accept gold, as much as thou know- 
"'est [how to ask], and conceal this matter, or get 
"'thee forth out of this city, and go whithersoever 
'"thou wishest to go. In the latter case we shall 
"'drive out along with thee all thy kinsfolk, and we 
"'shall not allow any of thy people to remain here. 
"'And besides all these things, if thou wilt not be 
'"persuaded [so to do], thou and all those who are 
"'acquaintances of thine shall receive the judgment 
"'of death.' And the blind man answered and said 
"unto them, 'Even though I were to die for the 
"'Name of Christ it would be gain unto me. How 
"'can ye tell me to deny Him upon Whom I cried, 
"'Who in one moment gave unto me the light 
"'which I had not seen having been vexed, even by 
"'day, by the darkness for these forty years past? 
"'And behold, this act of grace hath been given 
"'unto me at your hands, and I have seen the light 
"'which is much to be desired.' And when the Jews 
"heard the words, 'This gift hath been given unto 
Page 169 "*me at your hands, | and I have seen the light,' they 
"rejoiced greatly and they imagined that they would 
"be what he would say before all people. So they 
"let him go forth free from the chamber wherein the 
"likeness stood, and he had in his hand also some 
"of that gracious gift which went forth from the like- 
"ness, and which he had smeared upon his eyes and 
"so gained his sight." 



THE PARALYTIC AT THE SYNAGOGUE. I 89 

"And it came to pass that by the door of that 
"synagogue, on the right hand side, there was plac- 
"ed a bench whereupon lay a certain paralytic, who 
"had been sorely vexed by his affliction for a very 
"long time. Now God had preserved that gracious 
"gift [of the water and blood] for the shame of the 
"Jews. And the paralytic saw the blind man as he 
"was coming out, and he perceived with his under- 
"standing, and he said within himself, *This man who 
"*hath now come out is he who was blind, and who 
"'used to go in and come out of the synagogue; he 
" 'went in this day being blind, and, behold, he hath 
"'now come out with his eyes open. What is this 
"'wonderful thing? Who, then, can have opened his 
"'eyes for him? Can it be that the Ark of the priest[s] 
"'hath given him light? Behold, he was wont to go 
"'in and to come out with them every day, and yet 
"'no man ever helped him before. Or am I to think 
"'that the Law of Moses hath opened the pupils of 
'"his eyes for him? Yet he was hearing the Scrip- 
'"tures always! Peradventure he is not the same 
"'man as the one I knew who was born blind, but 
"'some one who is very much like unto him.' And 
"whilst he was thus thinking he cried out unto that 
"blind man, and said unto him, 'Tell me, O man, 
"'what is thy name? By the God of Israel hide it 
"'not from me, and by El-Shaddai, the great and 
"'true God, tell me what is thy name, and whence 
"'comest thou.' Then the blind man said unto him, 
"'Inasmuch as thou hast conjured me by Him, I will 
"'tell thee; but if thou hadst not conjured me by 
'"Him I would never have told thee. My name is 



I go HE WHO WAS BLIND TELLS OF HIS CURE. 

"*Judah, and I belong to this city; and I dwell by 
"*the side of the courtyard of the house of Ezra, the 
"'chief of the congregation/ And the paralytic said 
Page 170 **iinto him, *Art thou not he | who was blind, and 
"of whom people related that thou wast born blind?' 
"And the blind man said unto him, *I, even I, am 
"*he who was blind, and whom each day thou didst 
"*see going' in and coming out from the synagogue; 
"*but I never saw thee/ And the paralytic said unto 
"him, *Tell me how thine eyes were opened, for, 
"^behold, I have been lying here in this place for 
"'twenty and one years, and I never saw or heard 
"'that the eyes of any blind man had ever been 
"'opened except thine/ And the blind man said unto 
"him, 'Hast thou ever heard of the Name of Jesus 
'"Christ, the Son of God, Who, they say, came into 
"'the world, and wrought mighty deeds, and worked 
"'miracles, and made manifest marvellous things? And 
"'the Jews laid hands upon Him, and they scourged 
"'Him, and insulted Him, and crucified Him, and de- 
"'livered Him over to death/ And the paralytic said 
"unto him, 'I have heard of Him of ^ Whom thou 
"'speakest, that He rose from the dead on the third 
"'day, and ascended into heaven/ And the blind 
"man said unto him, 'It was He who opened my 
"'eyes for me, and through Him I saw the light 
"'which I had never before seen/ And the paralytic 
"said unto him, 'Tell me how He opened thine eyes 
"'for thee, and how thou didst believe in Him/ And 
"the blind man said unto him, 'I believed in Him, 

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THE PARALYTIC WISHES TO BELIEVE ON CHRIST, igi 

"*and I still believe in Him; and I am ready to die 
"'rather than to deny Him.' And the paralytic said 
"unto him, 'By Christ, the Son of God, in Whom 
"'thou hast believed, tell me how He opened thine 
'"eyes for thee. Didst thou call upon Him? And 
"'did He send an angel unto thee? Tell me how He 
"'opened thine eyes for thee, and how thou didst see 
"'the light.' And the blind man said unto him, 'Hear- 
"'ken and I will tell thee, and do thou thyself be- 
"'lieve; and if thou dost believe, thou shalt at once 
"'receive healing, and thou shalt be made strong, 
" 'even as He also gave me power and I saw the 
"'light.' And the paralytic said unto him, 'Speak, 
"'and I will listen, and will believe.' And the blind 
"man said unto him, 'The chief priests, and the 
"'Pharisees considered among themselves, and they 
"'made a great likeness, | and set it up in an inner Page 171 
"'chamber which they had in the refectory wherein no 
"'man except the priests entered. And in order that 
"'God might make manifest His wonderful acts, and 
"'that He might testify concerning His Son, Who came 
"'from Him, and Whom He had sent into the world, 
"'and that there might also come to» me an act of 
"'grace, God caused it to happen that I should be 
"'among them when the matter which I am about to 
"'narrate to you took place. Now the Jews made a 
"'likeness of Jesus, and as soon as they had brought it 
"'into the chamber, they began to make a mock of it, 
"'even as their fathers had done of Christ. And some 
"'of them knelt down upon their knees, and did homage 
"'unto it, and some of them smote it with a reed, 
"'and some of them spat on its face, and as they 



192 THE CONVERSION OF THE PARALYTIC. 

"'were making a mock of it one of them took a 
"'spear and smote it in the side, and straightway 
"'blood and water came forth from the likeness. And 
"'they saw it and marvelled, and astonishment laid 
"'hold upon them; and some of them believed in 
"'Christ, and said, 'Verily, He Whom the Jews cru- 
"'cified in Jerusalem was the Son of God, and He 
"'it was Whom creation awaited/ And I was stand- 
"ing among them listening, and I also feigned to be 
"like one who sought to make a mock of it. And 
"I spake unto one of them, and I conjured him, say- 
"ing, 'By the Great Name, take me nigh unto the 
"'likeness so that I may make a mock thereof, and 
"'that I also, whom God hath caused to be among 
"'you, may have participation with you.' And the 
"man led me, and brought me nigh unto the likeness, 
"'and I stretched out my" right hand, and took some 
"'of the water and blood, and smeared it upon my 
"'eyes, and I prayed, and cried out upon the Name 
"'of Christ; and straightway He appeared unto me. 
"'And it came to pass that when mine eyes had 
"'been opened, the Jews beat upon their faces with 
"'their hands, and they wanted to kill me; but God 
"'delivered me from them.' And the paralytic said 
"unto him, 'By Christ, upon Whom thou didst call, 
"'Who gave thee healing and thou didst see the 
"'light, and Whom thou dost confess, as this act of 
"'grace hath happened unto thee, and thou hast 
Page 172 "'gotten I the light which thou hadst not before, per- 
'"form for me also an act of grace that I also may 
"'receive healing, and may be relieved from this 
"'affliction which hath vexed me for so many years. 



THE CURE OF THE PARALYTIC. 



193 



*Go in, and bring me some of that water and blood, 
*and anoint for me my limbs, and I have confidence 
*in Him that He will give me also healing; and this 
'act of grace shall come to me at thy hands.' And 
the blind man said unto him, 'With the greatest 
'difficulty only did I escape from those who wanted 
'to kill me, and wouldst thou send me unto them 
'again?' And the paralytic said unto him, 'But what 
'can I do? I cannot stand up, and if I tell one of 
'them^ concerning this thing, they will stone me, 
*and grief the more will be added unto me, because 
*I am nigh unto the water and the blood, and there 
'is no man to bring it unto me. Would that some 
'such wonderful thing as this would happen — that 
'He would descend, and would walk, and would 
'come unto me, and would heal me of this affliction !' 
Now the paralytic did not know that some of the 
gracious gift was in the hand of the blind man." 
"And the blind man answered and said unto the 
paralytic, 'If thou knowest that thou dost believe 
'in Christ, and dost confess that He is the Son of 
'God, even as I myself have confessed Him, I will 
'bring thee some of the water and the blood; and 
'immediately it shall touch thy body thou shalt be 
'healed, and thou shalt become like unto one who 
'hath never at any time been attacked by any dis- 
'ease whatsoever.' And when the paralytic heard 
these words from the blind man, he said unto him, 
'By the Son of God, Who came down from heaven 
'unto the earth, and Who gave thee [power] and 



^ /. e., the priests, 



i3 



194 '^^^ PRIESTS TRY TO CONCEAL THE MIRACLE. 

"*thou didst see the light, in Whom thou dost be- 
"*lieve, withhold not from me this gracious gift. For 
*'*I believe in Him, and in His Father, and that He 
"4s God Who Cometh from the true God; and if I 
*'*have any doubt whatever concerning Him, then let 
"'some affliction which shall be more grievous than 
"*that which I now have come upon me.' And when 
"the blind man heard the confession of the paralytic, 
"and was confident in his own mind that he was 
"confirmed in the faith, he drew forth his hand from 
"beneath his garment, and brought it nigh unto the 
Page 173 "body of the paralytic, and rubbing him | with the 
"water and the blood said unto him, 'In the name 
"'of Christ, upon Whom I have believed, upon Whom 
"'I called. Who answered me and gave unto me the 
"'true Light, rise up from where thou art.' And it 
"came to pass that when the water and the blood 
"touched him, he was healed straightway, and rose 
"up; and the paralytic gave thanks, and glorified 
"God, Who had given him healing." 

"And when the chief priests and the scribes saw 
"him who had been made whole and who stood up, 
"they sought means whereby they might also hide 
"this wonderful thing, so that the name of Christ might 
"not in any way be magnified; but the more they 
"wished to hide it, the more was it proclaimed. And 
"they called the paralytic, and said unto him, 'Tell 
'"us how thou wast made whole, and how thou wast 
"'freed from [thy] affliction.' And the paralytic an- 
"swered and said unto the priests, 'It was Christ, the 
"'Son of God, Who was crucified in Jerusalem, Who 
"'sent unto me healing of the affliction in which I 



THEY DENY THE POWER OF THE LIKENESS. 



195 



'lay.' And the priests said unto him, *How could 
*He, Who could not help Himself when the Jews 
'seized Him, and crucified Him, and slew Him (and 
*He died, and was buried, and even His disciples 
'forsook Him, and fled, and were scattered), send 
'healing unto thee? And who was it that was sent 
'from Him that came and gave thee healing ? If such 
'a being was in truth seen by thee, then will we 
'believe that He sent him.' And the paralytic said 
unto them, 'Ye are not worthy to see him [that 
'brought healing to me from Him], for if ye believe 
'not in Him, how will ye receive His ambassador?' 
And the priests said unto him, 'Be not deceived, 
'for no one hath given thee healing except God 
'and the Law which He hath sent by the hands of 
'Moses, and which is read in this country; and be- 
'cause thou hast been lying helpless at His gate for 
'a very long time past. He hath had compassion 
'upon thee, and hath given thee healing.' And the 
paralytic answered and said unto them, 'Against 
'your wills ye speak the truth, for indeed it is not 
'man who hath given me healing, but God only; 
'for' He unto Whom I cried, and on Whom I have 
'believed, is God, and He hath given healing unto 
'me. He | is the true God, and He it is Who gave page 174 
'the Law unto Moses out of the mountain, and He 
'it is Who came into the world of His own will. 
'And your fathers laid hands upon Him, and they 
'buffeted Him, and He bore from them insult and 
'ignominy that He might redeem the posterity of 

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1 3* 



196 THE PARALYTIC ENTERS THE ARK CHAMBER. 



"'Adam. And as for you, your minds are blind like 
"'those of your fathers, and ye do not believe in 
"'Him/'* 

"And it came to pass that when the priests heard 
"these things from the paralytic they were filled with 
"great wrath, and they became like unto a flame of 
"fire; and what to do they knew not. Then they 
"answered and said unto him, 'If thou wilt hearken 
"'unto us we will advise thee on a certain matter 
"'which shall benefit thee, and we will put away the 
"'insult which we have heard from thee. Now we 
"'have no anger against any man unto whom God 
"'hath given heahng, but go thou into the refectory, 
"'and worship, and confess the God Who hath heal- 
"'ed thee, and hearken unto the laws of Moses. And 
"'we will entreat God on thy behalf, so that He 
"'may put away from thee thy folly wherewith thou 
"'hast wronged His goodness.' Now the paralytic 
"desired greatly to see the likeness of Christ, and 
"he accepted the words of the priests, and he went 
"in and cast himself down before the ark, as close- 
"ly as he could so that he might be near the chamber 
"wherein was the likeness; and he inclined his ear, 
"and he hearkened unto the service and the laws 
"like unto one who, in very truth, accepted their 
"words. And it came to pass that when the time 
"for all the people to go forth from the refectory 
"had arrived, the paralytic drew nigh and deceived 
"the priests, and he bowed his head like every other 
"man and was blessed by them." 

"And when all the people had gone forth, he 
"stretched out his hands towards heaven, and said, 



HE DISCOURSES WITH THE DOORKEEPER. 197 

"*0 God the Father, Who didst send forth Thy Son, 

"*our Lord Jesus Christ, Who of Thine own free 

"'will didst send unto us a Redeemer and Deliverer 

" *Thy beloved Son, the Light of Thy glory, and the 

"^splendour of Thy Majesty, since Thou, in Thy grace, 

"*hast made me to be worthy of Thy grace and I 

*"have gotten healing through Judah, the blind man, 

***who hath believed in Thee, and since I also be- 

''4ieve I in Thee, hearken, O Lord, unto my voice Page 175 

**'at this moment wherein I cry unto thee, and make 

"*me worthy to see thy glorious Likeness and Thy 

'* 'beautiful Form.' And after he had ceased his prayer, 

*'he drew nigh unto him that kept the door of the 

* 'refectory, and he entreated him, and said unto him, 

"'By the awful Name which is preached in this country, 

"'shew me where the likeness of Christ is placed.' 

"And the doorkeeper said unto him, 'Since thou hast 

'"conjured me by the awful Name, I will shew thee 

"'the chamber, but it is not possible for thee to enter 

"'therein, because it is sealed with the priest's seal, 

"'and no man can enter it unless the seals be broken.' 

"And the paralytic answered and said unto him, 'Let 

"'it be according unto thy word. Shew me the chamber 

"'from the outside, for I do not wish either to go 

"'therein or that the seals should be broken.' Then 

"the doorkeeper led the paralytic into the inner court- 

"yard, and he shewed him, saying, 'Behold, the like- 

'"ness of Christ standeth on the right hand side of 

"'that chamber which looketh towards the north.' ■[ 

"And when the paralytic saw the chamber, he look- n 

"ed straight towards the „East, and he prayed, say- 

"ing, 'O Christ, the Son of God, deprive me not of 



igS THE CONVERSION OF THE DOORKEEPER. 

"*the sight of Thy glorious appearance, but, in Thy 
"*grace, open unto me the door at which I knock, 
"*and I will worship and give thanks unto Thy glo- 
"^rious Name/ And immediately the doors stood 
"open upon their hinges, and the paralytic went in, 
"and cast himself down before the likeness, and 
"prayed, saying, *0 Christ, the Son of God, make 
"'Thou me also* worthy to go forth and to preach 
"*Thy Gospel in the world, and grant me [power] 
"*to stand against the threatening[s] of the Jews, 
"'and deliver me from their wickedness.' 

"Now when the doorkeeper saw what had happen- 
"ed, he also ran and fell down before the likeness, 
"and he made entreaty thereto, saying, *0 Lord, re- 
"'ceive me also, and number me among the lambs 
"'of Thy fold. And forgive me the sinful blasphe- 
"'mies of thy Name which I uttered ignorantly.' And 
"when the paralytic saw that the doorkeeper also 
"confessed the Christ, he answered and said unto 
Page 176 "him, 'Bring me | a new horn that we may take some * 
"'of this gift of grace; and thou shalt see a great 
"'and a marvellous thing, the like of which hath 
"'never taken place in the world.' Then the door- 
" 'keeper went, and brought a new horn, and wiped 
"'some of the water and blood from off the likeness, 
'"and filled the horn full therewith.' And the para- 
"lytic said unto the doorkeeper, 'If the chief priests 
"'hear that this wonderful thing hath taken place, 
"'and that the doors have been opened — no man 
"'having opened them — and that we have gone in, 



Read 



THE PRAYER OF THE PARALYTIC AND DOORKEEPER. 1 99 

"*and have paid homage to this likeness of Christ, 
"*and that we have believed on Him, both thou and 
"'I, straightway they will burn us with fire. But come, 
"'let us cast ourselves down before this likeness, 
"'and let us entreat God that He will make it to be 
"'removed from here unto such place as He willeth.' 
"And the doorkeeper said unto him, 'In thy hands 
'"is the knowledge of Christ, Whom thou hast con- 
"'fessed; whatsoever thou shalt say unto me that will 
"*I do, and I will never leave thee until I die.'" 

"Then the two of them sat down before the like- 
"ness, and they cast ashes upon their heads, and 
"prayed, saying, 'O God, Whose dwelling-place is 
"'in the highest heights of heaven, and Whose eyes 
"'look into the lowest depths of the earth. Who 
"'triest the heart and the reins of the children of 
"'men, hear Thou our voice at this time, and remove 
'"from this country Thy holy Form. Lord, let not 
"'this baleful people insult it, for they will say, 'We 
"'were worthy to insult Him, and we have blasphem- 
"'ed His likeness which He hath not redeemed out 
"'of our hands.' Lord, cast not away from before 
"'Thee our petition, but* let the likeness be taken 
"'away from here, and given unto a holy nation; 
"'and let these doors be shut fast again, and let the 
"'seals be found sealed in their proper places. And 
"'let Thine enemies see it and be put to shame, and 
"'Thou shalt be praised, and Thy servants shall 
"'rejoice.'" 

"And it came to pass that, as they made an end 

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200 



THE HORN OF WATER AND BLOOD. 



Page 177 



of their prayer, the doors were shut fast as afore- 
time, and the seals stood in their places. And they 
heard a voice which said unto them, 'Depart in 
'peace, O blessed men, and confirm yourselves | in 
'your faith, and fear not; everything that ye shall 
'ask shall be [given] unto you, and I will be with 
'you, and many people shall believe on Me through 
'you.' And it came to pass that, whilst they were 
standing and marvelling concerning the voice which 
was heard by them, suddenly the Angel of the Lord 
came down from heaven, and went into the place 
where the likeness was; and a great earthquake 
took place. And the Angel took the likeness from 
where it was standing, and he removed it, and no 
man hath ever seen it since. And we wrote upon 
the door of that chamber, 'Enter in, O priests, and 
'people of the Jews, and look upon your shame; 
'for the likeness which ye placed here to make a 
'mock of hath been lifted up into heaven, notwith- 
'standing that the doors were shut fast, and that the 
'seals remained in their places. For ye do not be- 
'lieve in Christ, even as your fathers did not be- 
'lieve in Him, when He rose from the grave and 
'the seals stood unbroken upon it. And now, open 
'ye, and come, and enter in, and see that He hath 
'not allowed you to work your will upon His glor- 
'ious Form.'" 

"Then the blind man and the paralytic went forth 
together from the refectory, and they had with them 
the horn which was filled with the gracious gift of 
the water and blood. And the doorkeeper took the 
paralytic and they went into his house wherein was 



THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM. 20I 

a brother of his whose left hand was withered, and 
whose arm was bent double, and he was not able 
to stretch it out straight. Now he had been injured 
in this manner from the time when he was a child, 
for when his mother was carrying him, Satan smote 
him at the noon of the day, and made his arm to 
dry up; and he suffered greatly by reason of his 
left side. And the doorkeeper said unto the para- 
lytic, *Rub some of this gift of grace upon this poor 
*man, for he is my brother, and it is a long time 
^indeed since he hath stretched out his hand straight.' 
And the paralytic said unto him, 'It is not possible 
*for this gift of grace to be brought nigh unto him 
'unless he confess Him, Who hath given it unto us, 
*and unless he believe on Him, and confess Him, 
'even as I have believed on Him, and have been 
'made whole, and behold, | I was grievously vexed Page 178 
'with sickness a long time. Thou thyself knowest 
'how long I lay by the side of the door of the re- 
'fectory, and that no man helped me, until I was 
'helped by this gift of grace. And Judah the blind 
'man also cried upon Him, and confessed Him with 
'his whole heart, and straightway He gave him the 
'light which he had never before seen. And so, 
'likewise, shall it be with thy brother; if this gift of 
'grace come nigh to him, and he believe on Christ, 
'he shall be healed straightway.'" 
"Then the man [with a withered hand] answered 
and said unto them, 'Whether I be made whole or 
'not, I have seen a paralytic who hath been made 
'whole, and a blind man who hath been made to 
'see the light; and I believe that He [Who hath 



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THE HORN OF WATER AND BLOOD. 



Page 179 



'done these things] is indeed the Redeemer of the 
'world. And whosoever doth not confess Him with 
'all his soul, and with all his heart, and with all 
'his strength, and with all his mind, and whosoever 
'hath any doubt whatsoever concerning Him, or that 
'He came down from heaven, and is God of very 
'God, and that in His love He put on a body of 
'the Virgin Mary, and was crucified by the Jews, 
'and blood and water flowed from Him for the atone- 
'ment of the children of men, and He died, and 
'was buried, and came to life [again], and rose, and 
'ascended into heaven, and behold. He sitteth on 
'the right hand of the His Father, and the angels 
'in heaven and the children of men upon earth adore 
'Him, let his life come to an end upon earth.' Then 
the paralytic, on hearing the praises of the afflicted 
man, drew nigh unto him, and cried unto him, and 
said unto him, 'Draw nigh, and rest thy head upon 
'this horn, and cry out upon Christ that He may 
'have mercy upon thee.' Then the afflicted one drew 
nigh, and bowed his head before the horn, and 
prayed, saying, 'Hearken, O God, unto the petition 
'of Thy servant, and answer thou me at this time. 
'And if Thy Godhead shall know of the existence 
'of any doubt in my mind, let no help follow me from 
'Thy gift of grace; but if not, then deprive me not 
'from being made whole, for I believe on Thee, and 
'on Thy Father, and on the Holy Spirit.' And the 
paralytic poured some of the gift of grace into his 
hand, and he rubbed the afflicted one therewith, 
and said, 'In the Name of our Lord | Jesus Christ, 
'Who gave me healing, on Whom I believed and 



THE PRIESTS ARE MOCKED. 203 

"*was made whole, stretch out thy right hand, and 
***get healing, and confess His graciousness.' And it 
**came to pass that as soon as the gift of grace touched 
"his arm, he was straightway healed; and he became 
"like one who had never at any time had any injury 
"whatsoever." 

"Now that day was the first day of the week, and 
"on the day following the priests went to the refectory, 
"but they did not find the doors open, as they were 
"accustomed to find them and everything made ready, 
"neither did they find there the doorkeeper. And the 
"priests went into the chamber where the likeness 
"was [to see] if the seals were unbroken, and they 
"saw that they were unbroken and that the doors 
"were shut fast. And they found written upon the 
"door an inscription which read thus, 'Enter in, O 
"'priests and people of the Jews, and look upon your 
"'shame with your own eyes; for the likeness of Christ 
"'which ye set inside these doors under seals, and at 
"'which ye were wanting to make a mock, hath been 
"'taken up into heaven, and the seals have not been 
"'destroyed.' And it came to pass that as they stood 
"there reading the inscription a mighty tumult took 
"place, and the people rushed in and read the in- 
"scription against the will of the priests; and the 
"priests were greatly afraid. And they said, 'Perchance 
"'this thing hath been done in a mystery. If the 
'"doors are thrown open, and all the people go inside, 
"'and the likeness be not found therein, we shall 
"'become a laughing-stock. And all the people will 
'"believe on Christ, and this thing will be worse than 
'"everything else which our Lord hath made manifest. 



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THE REBELLION OF THE PEOPLE. 



Page I 80 



'But let us be patient, and when the sun hath set, 
'and the people have departed and gone hence, 
*we will open the door, and go in and see if that 
'which is written upon the door be true/" 

"And it came to pass that whilst they were meditat- 
ing these things all the people rose up against the 
priests, and they cried out with one voice, saying, 
'We will not depart from this place unless the doors 
'be opened before us, and we see if that likeness 
'be therein or not. If it is therein, we will burn it 
'with fire ; and if | it is not, then will we believe on 
'Christ, by reason of this wonderful thing which hath 
'taken place.' And the priests said unto all the 
people, 'We are not permitted to break the Sabbath 
'and to transgress the Law; and we cannot put away 
'the Scriptures of God and take heed unto others.' 
Now the priests said these things that they might 
make the disturbance among the people to cease. 
But all the people cried out and said, '[We swear] 
'by the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, 
'that we will not depart from this place until the 
'doors have been opened, and we have learned the 
'truth.' Then the priests removed the seals, and they 
opened the doors and went in, and they found nothing. 
And all the people lifted up their voices, and cried 
out, and said, 'Verily, He Whom our fathers crucified 
'in Jerusalem was Christ, the Son of God, and it is 
'He Who hath wrought this wonderful thing.'" 

"And one of those who believed in Christ stood 
up in the midst, and said unto them, 'Although we 
'are now persuaded that we believe on the Son of 
'God, and that He is God of very God — even as we 



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205 



"'have received in our Scriptures — yet we did not 
** 'believe that He rose from the grave, the door thereof 
"'being shut fast, and the seals being unbroken; but 
"'this last thing which hath happened maketh certain 
" 'the former thing. Now, since His likeness was placed 
"'under seals so that it might not be insulted, and 
"'He hath removed it and hath not permitted it to 
'"be treated with contumely, how can we have any 
"'doubt concerning His Body, which rose on the third 
"'day and did not see corruption. Which does it 
"'appear to be to you, truth or falsehood?'" 

"And it came to pass that when the chief priests 
"heard these things, they answered and said unto him, 
"'When didst thou begin to teach the Law? Or per- 
"'adventure thou hast taken a bribe from the disciples 
"'of that Deceiver, and they have taught thee to 
"'say these things.' Then straightway a great uproar 
"took place, and every man was divided against 
"his fellow; and report thereof reached the governor 
"of the city. And the priests sent a bribe unto him, 
"and said unto him, 'O lord, we would make supplica- 
"'tion unto thy greatness. When we are in the refectory 
"'according to our wont we read the holy | laws. But Page 181 
"'certain men have been found, that is to say, sorcerers, 
"'who have shut the eyes of the people, and they 
"'say that we heal the paralytics, and the blind, and 
"'the sick. And when we wished to lay hands upon 
"'them so that they might be questioned before thine 
" 'integrity, that thou mightest know the truth of the 
"'matter concerning them, they took the opportunity 
"'and escaped, and where they are we know not. And 
"'behold, the people have fallen each man upon his 



206 THE GOVERNOR THREATENS THE PRIESTS. 



'fellow, and many murders will take place unless 
'thy greatness doth stand up.' Now the priests, as 
they imagined, confounded the story so that the 
wonderful deed might not become revealed." 

"And it came to pass that when the governor had 
received the bribe from the chief priests, he sent 
the Greek officer and his forces with staves, and 
swords, and ropes, and chains, and he commanded 
them, saying, 'Go ye, and say unto the chief priests, 
'and unto the elders, and unto all the people of the 
'Jews, Whosoever maketh trouble in this city, so 
'that murders take place by reason of his speech, and 
*I hear of it, I will take off his head, and I will cast 
'him into the sea. Let every man abide in peace 
'lest he receive the punishment of the sword. As 
'for these man, concerning whom ye have spoken 
'unto me, should ye hear of the report of them in 
'any place, come and tell me, and I will send and 
'seize them, and I will cast them into prison until 
'I learn the truth concerning their actions.'" 

"Now when the paralytic heard what the Jews had 
done, he said unto the doorkeeper of the refectory, 
who was in the house of him whose hand had been 
withered, 'Whether we wish it to be so or not, the 
'Name of Christ will be preached throughout all 
'creation. Let us not, then, have doubt concerning 
'His goodness unto us, but rise up, and let us go 
'and seek for our brother Judah until we find him; 
'and let us cleave unto one another, and let us go 
'forth and preach and teach the Gospel of our Lord 
'throughout all the world. And should it happen 
'that we be seized by judges or by governors let 



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"*us not be afraid, for | Christ is with us even as Page 182 
***He promised us.' And the two of them rose up 
"straightway, and they went forth, and they made 
**the sign of the cross upon their foreheads, and they 
"prayed to God, and said, *0 God, Who desirest the 
"*lives of the children of men, and Who art merciful, 
"*and compassionate, and long-suffering, and abundant 
"'in grace and truth, hearken unto our prayer, and 
"'make straight our way; and grant that we may 
"'find our brother Judah and may not be separated 
"'from his love.' And it came to pass that having 
"gone round about in the city they arrived at the 
"gate thereof, and when they had gone outside the 
"wall of the city and had departed from it for about 
"the distance of one mile, they found Judah standing 
"in a certain hidden place praying. And the two of 
"them drew nigh unto him, and saluted him, and they 
"said unto him, 'Brother Judah, hast thou heard what 
"'hath happened in this city?' And Judah said unto 
"them, 'What hath happened?' Then the paralytic 
"said unto him, 'After thou hadst left me, the gift 
"*of grace having come [upon me] from thy hands, 
"'the priests seized me, and brought me into the 
"'refectory, so that by reason of me this our brother 
"'might find deliverance for his life; and they tormented 
"'me to deny Christ Who had given healing unto me. 
"'Now, because I desired greatly to see the beautiful 
"'Form of Christ, I made myself to be like unto one 
'"who accepted their counsel, until I had the opportu- 
"'nity of drawing nigh unto that chamber wherefrom 
"'I had gotten help. And the time having passed, 
"'and all the people having gone forth from the 



208 THE NARRATIVE OF THE PARALYTIC. 



"'refectory, and the priests having departed unto 
"'their habitations, I drew nigh unto this our brother 
"'who, as thou knowest, kept the door; and I prayed 
"'and entreated him to shew me the likeness. And 
"'he said unto me, 'The doors are shut fast, and 
"'seals have been put upon them; and thou canst 
"'not go in to see it.' And I said unto him, 'Let it 
"*be according to thy word; only shew me the 
"'chamber, for I do not wish to enter therein, and 
"'shew me the chamber from the outside.' Then I 
"'drew nigh and stood before it, and I cried upon 
Page i83 "'the Name of Christ, and I asked Him | in prayer 
"'to shew me the path of His glory. And immediately, 
"'in the twinkling of an eye, the doors were opened 
"'and stood upon their hinges, and I went into the 
"'chamber and cast myself down before the likeness. 
"'And I prayed unto Him, and I gave thanks unto 
"'Him for the healing which He had given unto me 
"'at thy hands. And the goodness of God called 
"'this our brother also, and mingled him with us, so 
'"that he might be wholly one with us in the mystery 
'"of the Trinity. And again we made supplication 
"'and prayer, and entreated Him Who receiveth the 
"'prayers of all the children of men that He would 
"'remove the likeness from that chamber, and that 
"'the doors thereof should be shut fast, and that the 
"'seals should be found as they were aforetime. And 
"'it happened even so. And we wrote upon the 
"'doors, saying, 'Enter in, O priests, and look upon 
"'your shame, and see that your intentions have not 
"'been accomplished; for the glorious likeness of 
"'Christ, notwithstanding that the doors were sealed, 



THE BROTHERS PRAISE GOD. 20g 

"*hath been taken up into heaven.' And a voice was 
"heard by us which said, 'Depart in peace, O blessed 
*'*men, and fear not, for I am with you, and I will 
"'never forsake you."' 

"And it came to pass that when Judah heard all 
"these things he gave thanks and glorified God. And 
"he answered and said, 'God's will be done!' And 
"whilst they were standing in the place wherein they 
"had found Judah, who was standing [there] and 
"praying, they began straightway to perform a service, 
"and they raised a Psalm, and said, 'O come, let 
"'us give glory unto the Lord, and let us sing psalms 
"'unto God our Redeemer; let us come before His 
"'face with thanksgiving, and in hymns let us glorify 
'"Him." And so on with the whole of the section [of 
"the service]. And after they had ended the service, 
"they said, 'Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, 
"'and to the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.' 
"Thus they brought the prayer to an end." 

"And Judah answered and said unto his companions, 
"'My brethren, if our Lord please and if it be good 
"'in His sight, let Him order our way, and let that 
"'which is necessary therefor, that is to say, the 
"'sign of baptism, be given unto us, and let Him 
"'reckon us among the number of His lambs, and ^^s^ ^^4 
"'let Him mix us with the assemblies of those who 
"'give praise unto Him. And, behold, our joy shall 
"'be made complete.' Then the companions of Judah 
"said unto him, 'Whatsoever thou orderest shall be 
"'[observed] by us, for the Divine grace first of all 

I Psalm XCV. i ff. 

14 



2 I O THE SPEECH OF JUDAH. 



"'called thee, and thou art the counsellor that doth 
"'benefit us.' And Judah answered and said unto 
"his companions, 'I counsel you to do this thing, that 
"'is to say, let us commit the matter unto God, so 
"'that He alone may fulfil our petitions. For it is 
"'not meet that we should forget the words which 
"'we have learned, 'Cast thy care upon the Lord, 
"'and He shall sustain thee; and He will never let 
"'His righteous ones be moved.'* Now this accursed 
"'nation of the Jews hath made ready to persecute 
"'and to slay every one that loveth our Lord Jesus 
"'Christ. But God, in His righteousness, is about to 
"'do away their dominion, and to scatter them abroad, 
"'and to make them despised and rejected among 
"'all nations. For although God hath been longsuffering 
"'with them because of His covenant with Abraham, 
"'and the oaths which He sware unto Isaac, and His 
"'testimony unto Jacob that their seed should never 
"'pass away, yet their loftiness shall be brought low, 
"'and their dominion shall pass away, and their 
"'honourable estate shall be abated, and they shall 
"'become of no account whatsoever. And us ourselves 
'"they will seek after that they may do us harm. 
"'Then there came a voice unto them, saying, 'I will 
"'never forsake you.'" 

"And it came to pass that when Judah had said 
"these things, the time had arrived for them to say 
"the service for the ninth hour. And they began 
"the Psalm, and said, 'Be not envious of the 
"'wicked, neither be thou jealous of the workers of 

^ Psalm LV. 22. 



PRAYER FOR BAPTISM. 211 

"'iniquity',^ and so on. And when they had finished 
"'the service they prayed, and said, *0 Lord, the 
***God of the spirits of all flesh. Thou hidden Being, 
** 'Whose honourable Majesty abideth in the heaven of 
*' 'heavens, Thou God, Who of thine own freewill hast 
"'adorned the earth with the colours of flowers of 
"'every kind which are much to be desired, receive 
"'our entreaty, and hearken unto our supplication, 
"'and purge away and remove utterly from us the 
"'spots of our sins; and make answer unto our 
"'petitions, for we put our hope in Thee. And give 
"'us, O Lord, the sign of baptism whereby our sins 
"'may be purged away, and propitiation made for 
"'our iniquities, and let us become unto Thee chosen 
'"vessels | and good servants who do the will of their Page 185 
'"Lord."' 

"And after these things they stood up straight, 
"and they lifted up their eyes and saw a certain 
"place which was like unto a vessel for baptism; 
"and it was full of soft and limpid water, which was 
"sparkling in its appearance and the smell of which 
"was sweeter than that of perfumes; and the light 
"which came from it was greater than the sun and the 
"radiance thereof. And, behold, a certain man, very 
"aged and of glorious countenance, who was clothed 
"in a white garment, and was holding a garment in 
"his right hand, was standing there and sanctifying 
"the water; and when we saw him we were afraid. 
"And we inclined our ears to hear what he was 
"saying, and he opened his mouth and said, 'I seal 

I Psalm XXXVII. i. 

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THE BAPTISM OF JUDAH. 



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**this water in the name of the Father, and the Son, 
*'and the Holy Ghost/ And he was making entreaty 
*and supplication, saying, *Come, come, O Holy Spirit, 
'^descend and abide upon this water, and sanctify 
**Thou it that it may serve for the atonement of 
* 'iniquities and for the forgiveness of sins. And may 
*4t give Thy grace and Thy mercy unto them; yea, 
''O Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, for ever and 
*'for ever. Amen.' And it came to pass that, as we 
'were standing and were afraid to draw nigh unto him, 
'he opened his mouth and cried unto us, and said, 
"Unto you I speak, O brethren, draw nigh unto 
"me.' And we drew nigh unto him and we received 
'a blessing from him. Then he spake unto us, say- 
'ing, 'Your prayer and entreaty have entered in be- 
"fore the Lord, and He hath sent me to give you the 
"sign of baptism, and to teach you what it is meet 
"that ye should do; and I will baptise you in the 
"Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy 
"Ghost.' And after they had received from him the 
'sign of life, he said unto them, 'Take ye the horn 
"which ye have, and which is filled with the gift 
"of grace, and go ye and enter into this city, and 
"do ye therein mighty deeds and miracles, so that 
"the Jews may see and may be put to shame. And 
"proclaim ye concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, that 
"He is the Son of God, and fear ye not, neither be 
"ye troubled. For in whatsoever place ye shall call 
"upon Christ He shall come to your aid, | and He 
"will put into your mouths the words wherewith ye 
"shall overcome your enemies; go ye in peace, and 
"our Lord shall be with you.' And Judah answered 



THE HORN OF BLOOD AND WATER. 2 I 3 



*and said unto him, *Lord, pray Thou on our behalf 
**for confidence in our Lord; and whatsoever Thou 
**shalt say unto us that will we do.'" 

"And they went and entered into the city, having 
'in their hands the horn that was filled with the gift 
*of grace, and they arrived at the gate of the city. 
*And, behold, men were carrying a certain young 
*man upon a bier, and they were going to bury him, 
*and his aged father was going on before him; and 
'he was plucking out his white hairs and casting them 
'upon the ground, for he had no other son, and he 
'was smiting his face until his eyes became dark. 
'And the blessed men saw him, and they were very 
'sorry for him. And Judah answered and said unto his 
'companions, 'My brethren, let us draw nigh unto the 
"bier of this dead man, and let us anoint him with 
"some of this gift of grace; and let us entreat Christ 
"on his behalf, and let us make mention of the Name 
"of God over him, and straightway he shall come to 
"life. And when he doth live and stand up the Name 
' 'of Christ shall be greatly exalted, and His faith shall 
"be proclaimed abroad.' And the three of them went 
'and stood before the bier, and they said unto the 
'men who were bearing it, 'Put down this bier from 
"off yourselves, and set it upon the ground, and ye 
"shall see the glory of God;' and much people were 
'thronging to that place. And it came to pass that, 
'when they had put the bier upon the ground, Judah 
'brought out the horn from under his garment, and 
'he turned himself towards the East, and prayed, 
'and he made the sign of the cross between the 
'eyes of that dead man, and he poured out some 



214 "^"^ YOUNG MAN IS RAISED FROM THE DEAD. 



**of that gift of grace upon his nostrils and upon his 
"cheek. And he answered and said, *Come, O spirit 
" *of this young man from whatsoever place thou art in, 
***in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and enter 
*'*in, and be at rest, and abide in the body which 
"4s thine; and let this young man rise up from 
"*his bier!' And immediately that he mentioned the 
"Name of Christ over him, he came to life, and 
"stood up; and all who saw him gave glory unto 
Page 187 *<God; and in that hour there believed | about three 
"thousand'people, both men and women. And the father 
"of the young man drew nigh, and cast himself down 
'^before the blessed men, and said unto them, *I do 
"'homage unto you, O my lords, because ye have 
"'had compassion upon my gray hairs, and because ye 
"'have given back to me this my only son that he may 
"'be the staff of my old age; blessed are ye before 
"'God, and blessed be Christ, the Son of God, Who 
"'hath hearkened unto you and hath brought back my 
"'son to life. Henceforth, even unto my death, I will 
"'never separate myself from the love of Christ your 
"'Lord, and I will give thanks and will worship His 
" 'gracious Name. And if my whole body were mouths 
"'and tongues which could speak they would not suffice 
"'to give glory unto the Son of God, Who sent you 
"'to work for me this act of grace.' And the blessed 
"men dismissed him, and said unto him, 'Go in peace, 
"'O man, and be thou ever mindful of Jesus Christ, 
"'Who had compassion upon thy gray hairs, and gave 
"'thee thy son back alive.' So the old man went away 
"from thence, and the blessed men departed unto a 
"place in the midst of the city." 



THE MAN POSSESSED OF A DEVIL. 215 



"And, behold, a certain man had a devil which 
troubled him, and suddenly, when he had seen them, 
he lifted up his voice and said, *Fie upon you, O 
'generation of crucifiers, why have ye come against 
*me? By the skin of my teeth only did I escape from 
*Christ when He was upon the earth and walking 
'about therein; why have ye taken and made a likeness 
*of Him that it may be a goad to vex me? The gift 
*of grace which flowed from Him it is that persecuted 
'me. Fie upon you, O unbelievers! Was it not He 
'Who persuaded the Legion of devils to go into the 
'sea?* Why have ye brought upon me this temptation? 
'And, behold, I burn with fire at the sight of you/ 
And Judah answered and said unto that devil, 'Shut 
'thy mouth, O thou enemy of man, thou most feeble 
'of all things that exist, and go forth from this 
'young man/ And straightway the devil cast the 
man upon the ground, and he was much bruised 
and became sick; and people not a few gathered 
round about him at once. Then Judah brought out 
from under his garment the horn which was full of 
the gift of grace, and anointed him; and he lifted 
up his eyes unto heaven, and prayed, and said. Page i88 
'O Lord God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
'Thou Who didst send Him forth, by Whose power 
'and by Whose command Satan was cast out and 
'thrown down, together with all those who served 
'him, so that they were scattered and drowned in 
'the sea, by Whose power the sick bodies of the 
'children of men which had been wounded by the 



I St. Mark. V. 9. 



2 1 6 THE DEVIL IS CAST OUT. 



* 'blows of Legion were made whole, do thou, O Lord, 
'*now also in Thy mercy command this helpless one 
**to rise up healed from the place wherein he is. 
**And let the devil that dwelleth in him be swept 
''into the sea, and let him no longer have power 
"to do harm unto the generation of men.' And 
'having made his prayer, Judah gave him some of 
'that gift of grace which he had upon him, and 
'straightway the man stood up upon his feet; and 
'the devil that was in him cried out before all the 
'people, and left him, and fled. And every one who 
'was near, and who saw and heard what had hap- 
'pened, gave glory unto God." 

"Now, a certain woman was standing there, and 
'she was weeping bitterly; and this woman was a 
'widow. And she was crying in great pain, for she 
'had a daughter who had overcome many by her 
'beauty, but never had any man seen her or known 
'her; many men had entreated her, but she had never 
'submitted unto them. And it came to pass once at 
'midnight that the young woman went out from the 
'door of the house wherein she lived, and, behold, 
'a devil in the form of a beautiful young man came 
'unto her swiftly and seized her. And he said unto 
'her, 'Come with me, and I will make thee my wife;' 
'now she imagined that in very truth he was a man. 
'And she said unto him, 'I will never be the wife 
"of any man.' And it came to pass that whilst he 
'was contending with her she lifted up her hands 
'against him, but she was not able to reach him, 
'and then she knew that he was a disciple of Satan. 
'And as she was wishing to lift up her eyes to heaven. 



SATAN PERSECUTES A YOUNG WOMAN. 2 I 7 

"and to cry out to God to come to her aid, the 
**devil threw her down upon the ground outside | the Page 189 
"door; and she was beaten and bruised until she 
"was [well nigh] dead. And having remained outside 
"for a long time, and not having gone in again 
"according to her wont, her mother rose up and went 
"out after her, and she found her cast upon the 
"ground sick and bruised. Then her mother drew 
"nigh unto her and lifted her up, but she was like 
"a dead body; and her mother called unto her, but 
"she did not answer her. Then her mother lifted up 
"her voice and wailed bitterly, and her neighbours 
"who were nigh unto her came thronging about her 
"from every side; and her mother rent the garment 
"which she had upon her, and she cast ashes upon 
"her head. And the neighbours took the young 
"woman and brought her into the house, and laid 
"her upon a bed; and her mother sat before her the 
"whole night beating her face. And at day-break 
"the soul of the young woman entered into her, and 
"she cried out unto her mother; and her mother 
"answered and said unto her. What aileth thee, O my 
"'daughter, and what hath happened unto thee?' 
"And the young woman related unto her the whole 
"matter concerning herself, even as it had happened. 
"And from that day Satan persecuted her constantly, 
"and frequently he made her go out to the grave- 
"yard, and her mother used to go out after her, and 
"take hold of her to bring her back into her house; 
"but she was not able to overcome the strength of 
"the devil that was dwelling in her. And many times 
"she used to open the door of the grave -yard, and 



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HER MOTHER QUESTIONS JUDAH. 



Page 190 



go inside, and shut it in her face; and her mother, 
and other people along with her, used to go in and 
bring her out. Now when this poor mother had 
heard concerning the blessed men, she rose up 
straightway and went to them. And when she saw 
what they were doing, how they were giving healing 
unto all those who drew nigh unto them, she also 
came near and said unto them, *0 men, what is your 
'report? And who hath sent you to do these mighty 
'deeds and miracles? And by what might do ye do 
'these things and are not afraid?' And when the 
blessed men heard the words of the woman, they 
meditated among themselves, saying, 'It seemeth to 
'us that one | of two things moveth this woman: 
'either she speaketh without understanding, or the 
'priests have put words into her mouth and have 
'sent her unto us as a woman who would make 
'enquiries, so that she may learn from us in the 
'sight of all men that which they have commanded 
'her [to learn]. But let us put our trust in our 
'Lord, for the .Gospel of Christ shall not be pro- 
'claimed in secret.'" 

"And having meditated in this wise the blessed 
men answered and said unto her, 'We are the 
'disciples of Christ, the Son of God, and by His 
'power we do these things, for our own origin is 
'of no account and humble. And as concerning that 
'which thou hast said unto us. Ye fear not and ye 
'tremble not, we are not afraid, because the might of 
'His grace hath clothed us round about and because 
'through Him we overcome our enemies.' And when 
the woman heard the certainty of their faith, she 



SHE DEMANDS HIS HELP. 



219 



lifted up her voice with a sob, and said unto them, 
*By the might wherewith your Lord hath clothed 
*you from on high, and whereby He hath made 
'Satan and all his hosts to be subject unto you, 
*I entreat you to have mercy upon my old age. 
*Have compassion upon my gray hairs, and have 
'compassion upon me, because there remaineth not 
*upon my feet even one nail by reason of the 
'multitude of the stumblingblocks in my path. By 
'Christ, the Son of God, Who hath chosen you to 
'be His preachers, send me not away from you, 
'for my lot is bitter. That ye should visit the sick 
'your Lord hath sent you, let therefore the de- 
'liverance which ye have dawn upon me/" 
"Then the blessed men made her to be quiet, and 
they said unto her, 'Be thou silent, O woman, and 
'tell us what is the cause of thy outcry, and so far 
'as the power in us lies we will toil on thy behalf. 
'And inasmuch as thou hast conjured us by Christ, 
'the Son of God, we will devote ourselves to the 
'death unto thee. But tell us only what it is that 
'causeth thee pain.' Then the woman said unto 
them, *I have an only daughter, and, behold, for 
'seven years past Satan hath led her captive and 
'taken her outside the city. And among the tombs 
'he beateth her each day, and very little life re- 
'maineth in her; she is well nigh dead, and except 
'for bones stripped of flesh she hath* nothing in her.' 
And the blessed men said unto her, | 'Where is thy Page 191 
'daughter now?' And the woman answered and said 
unto them, 'Behold, I have shut her up in the house, 
'and I placed fastenings upon it and came to inform 



220 THE YOUNG WOMAN FLEES TO THE DESERT. 



"*you.' And the blessed men said unto her, 'Wilt 
"*thou promise us that we may betroth her to the 
***heavenly Bridegroom?' Now the woman thought that 
"'they were speaking to her about a man, and she 
"'answered and said unto them, 'My lords, I entreat 
"'you to let her be a virgin and a free woman all her 
"'life.' And the blessed men said unto her, 'The Bride- 
" 'groom unto Whom we would betroth her wisheth 
"'her to live in a state of virginity and holiness;' 
"and then the woman understood their words as 
"referring to Christ, when they told her that they 
"wanted to betroth her daughter to a bridegroom. 
"And she said unto them, 'She and I deliver our- 
" 'selves unto Him that we may be His handmaidens, 
"'and we will serve that Bridegroom of Whom ye 
" 'spake.' And when the blessed men heard the words 
"of the woman they rose up and went with her to 
"her house. And when they had gone into the 
"courtyard they found the fastenings broken in pieces, 
"and the doors wide open, and her daughter had 
"gone forth; and they sought her, but they found 
"her not. And her mother said unto them, 'My lords, 
'"I entreat you; She is to be found among the tombs; 
"'come ye with me, and let it not be a trouble unto 
"'you.' So they departed again and went forth after 
"her, and much people clave unto them." 

"And it came to pass when they had arrived at 
"the gate of the city that the people thereof saw 
"them and the multitude of folk that were coming 
"with them; and they also joined themselves to them, 
"and they went along with them. Now the good God 
"had so appointed that they should see the wonderful 



CONFLICT BETWEEN JUDAH AND THE DEVIL. 221 



** works which were to be wrought In the Name of 
'^Christ, and how He answereth every one that calleth 
"upon Him in true faith. And it came to pass that 
"when they had gone forth outside the city two 
"stadia, the mother and also the blessed men who 
"were with her lifted up their eyes, and they saw the 
"young woman wandering round about among the 
"tombs and beating her head. And the young woman 
"also saw them, and she looked at them, and the 
"devil I lifted up his voice and said unto them, Page 192 
"'Whither come ye against me? Am I not near 
"'enough unto you? Cursed (?) be ye! I entreat you 
"*to depart from me. I am unable to resist your power, 
"*and I cannot wage war against you, for the might 
"'with which ye are clothed round about is invisible. 
"'The sword which is girt upon you is dipped in 
'"flame, and your arrows have been poisoned with 
'"blood and water; depart ye from me, for ye have 
"'taken away my dominion.' These were the words 
"which the devil spake as they were following him. 
"And it came to pass that when the devil saw that 
"he was overcome, he began to lead away the young 
"woman along a path which went to the sea, so that 
"she might fall into the sea and be drowned; and 
"the young woman began to depart with swift steps 
"like a man who fleeth before some evil beast. And 
"Judah lifted up his voice from afar off, and said, 
"'I say unto thee, O thou foul devil, thou enemy of 
"'the children of men, in the Name of Christ, the 
"'Son of God, thou shalt not lead the young woman 
"'away from this place.' And when the devil heard 
"the Name of Christ, he straightway threw the young 



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woman down headlong in that place, and he beat 
her so that her soul might go forth from her. And 
whilst Judah and her companions were coming up 
to her, the man who had been a paralytic said unto 
Judah, *My lord, quicken thy step a little, for if thou 
*dost not do so we shall not find any life left in 
'her;' then straightway they ran quickly and came 
up to her, and Judah brought forth the horn im- 
mediately and anointed her with the gift of grace. 
And he answered and said, 'Tarry in thy body, O 
'soul, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.' And 
Judah prayed and said, 'O God, Who didst create 
'Adam in Thine image, and didst give him dominion 
'over everything that Thou hadst made in Thy good 
'pleasure, and didst give him every thing that was 
'in the earth, and on his account didst send Thy 
'beloved Son Jesus Christ, and He came into the 
'world and endured sufferings on his behalf, O Lord, 
'Thou knowest that we do not do this thing by 
'way of boasting, or for our own vain glorifying, 
'or that we may receive anything from any man, 
'but in order that Thy Holy Name may be glorified, 
'I and that Thine adorable Godhead may be exalted, 
'and that all men may know and believe that Thou 
'art He Who giveth help unto those who call upon 
'Thee with a pure heart.' And when Judah had 
said these words, he turned to the young woman 
and said unto her, 'I say unto thee, O foul devil, 
'thou feeblest of all natures, in the Name of the 
'Trinity, go forth from this young woman, and draw 
'not again nigh unto the race of the children of 
'men.' And when the devil heard these words, he 



HE RESTORES HER TO HER MOTHER. 223 

^'straightway went forth out of the young woman, 
**and he uttered a roaring sound, and departed and 
"fled. And all those who heard and saw [this] lifted 
"up their voices and glorified God, saying, 'Glory 
"*be to Thee, O Christ, the Son of God, Who hast 
"'sent Thy servants for the deliverance of creation; 
"'henceforth we will confess and believe in Jesus 
"'Christ, and He is the Redeemer of the world, 
"'and Him will we worship, and Him will we glorify 
"'for ever and for even Amen.' And Judah drew 
"nigh, and taking the hand of the young woman 
"gave her to her mother. And he said unto her, 
"'Take thy daughter and depart. But remember 
"'that which thou hast promised to us, that thy 
"'daughter shall lead a life of wariness and holiness; 
"'and thou shalt worship and confess Him who de- 
"'livered her from the captivity in which she had 
"'been led captive.' Then the mother of the young 
"woman took her daughter, and went away giving 
"thanks and glorifying God, Who had guarded her 
"and restored her unto her." 

"And it came to pass that whilst the blessed men 
"were working these glorious miracles in Tiberias, 
"by the grace of Christ which accompanied them, 
"their report went forth into all the country, and into 
"all the land which was round about the city; and 
"people not a few were gathered together and came 
"unto them. And multitudes of people who were 
"sick with divers kinds of diseases, and who went 
"unto the blessed men in true faith, were healed 
"straightway of their sicknesses. And those who saw 
"the blessed men in the city of Tiberias said concerning 



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THE SAMARITAN VILLAGER. 



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them, 'We saw men who were strangers from a 
'remote country, and they had with them a certain 
'medicine, the like of which we have | never seen 
'or heard of in the world; it cureth every kind of 
'sickness and disease, and no pain can stand against 
'it, and every person whom it toucheth is immediately 
'made whole. For this medicine doth not permit 
'pain to tarry with any person whom it hath once 
'touched. And we think that this medicine which 
'they have hath been given unto them from the 
'highest heights of heaven, because, whenever any 
'sick person is brought unto them, these men look 
'up with their eyes towards heaven, though no man 
'knoweth that which they say. But it is well known 
'that they call upon God Who gave them this cure, 
'and that when they have looked up into heaven 
'they bring the medicine nigh unto the person who 
'is sick or afflicted, and he is made whole. And 
'what is more wonderful than all else is that they 
'take nothing from any man. And on account of 
'this [great] benefit multitudes come unto them from 
'remote countries, bringing with them people who 
'are very sick and ill, and they are all made whole 
'and they go to their homes, rejoicing and giving 
'thanks unto God Who hath given succour unto the 
'children of men.'" 

"Now there was in the country which belonged to 
that city a certain village wherein dwelt Samaritans; 
and these people were not wont to mix with the 
inhabitants of the city, and their religion was different 
from theirs; for the religion of the Jews is not the 
same as that of the Samaritans. Now the man who 



THE MAIDEN ATTACKED BY SATAN. 225 

"had been made the governor of the whole village 

**was, as far as the things of the world are concerned, 

*'a wise man; and he had had a brother who died and 

**left behind him a young maiden who was exceedingly 

"beautiful. And from the time that she was three 

"years old she was betrothed to the son of that 

"governor. And it came to pass that when she was 

"full grown and her betrothed was about to take 

"her to wife, as she was walking under a portico 

"Satan threw her down headlong, even as a man 

"whom something hath smitten, and she fell down in 

"the courtyard, and all her bones were broken. And 

"she became grievously sick, and many physicians 

"bound up her wounds, but they did not in any 

"way benefit | her; nay, for every time that she Page 195 

"came unto them her pain was increased. And the 

"governor heard of the report of the blessed men, 

"and that they were mighty physicians who cured 

"sicknesses of every kind, and he prepared a bed 

"for the damsel, and laid soft bedding thereupon, 

"and he harnessed to it a gentle and quiet animal, 

"and he took the damsel who was like a dead creature, 

"and laid her upon the bed. Now she was crying 

"out and uttering loud groans by reason of her 

"great and frequent pain, and every one who heard 

"her suffered very much more than her own kinsfolk, 

"because they perceived that she was praying for 

"her own death. And when they arrived at the gate 

"of the city, the governor with tears enquired for 

"the blessed men, saying, Where dwell the physicians 

"'who are in this city?' And the people of the city 

"said unto him. What is thy business, O man? And 

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2 26 THE SAMARITAN FROM NA'MI. 

***whom seekest thou?' And the governor said unto 
"them, *I have an only daughter who is nigh unto 
***death and is in grievous pain. And I have heard 
'^'concerning these men that they have a certain 
"'medicine which cureth all sicknesses.' Then the 
"people of the city said unto him, 'Weep not, O man, 
"'neither be thou distressed, for as thou hast heard 
"'concerning these men, even so it is.' And the 
"people of the city also went nigh unto the damsel 
"and looked upon her, and they wept; and they 
"accompanied the governor and his following, and 
"went to the blessed men." 

"And when the governor saw the blessed men, 
"he went and knelt down and fell at their feet; and 
"the people wept, and entreated them to draw nigh 
"and to visit the maiden, and to anoint her with the 
"gift of grace which they had. And the blessed men 
"said unto the governor, 'Whence art thou, O man? 
"'And of what religion art thou?' And the gover- 
"nor said unto them, 'I am from the village of Na'mi 
"'of the Samaritans, and I am a Samaritan.' And 
"the blessed men said unto him, 'We shut the door 
"'in the face of no man, so that every man may 
"'turn unto God. The medicine which we have is 
Page 196 "'beyond price, | and not every man is able to buy 
"'it.' And the governor said unto them, 'I entreat 
"'you, O my lords, to have compassion upon me; 
"'give me some of it, and I will give you whatsoever 
"price ye ask for it.' And the blessed men said unto 
"him, 'The price of the medicine is that a man should 
"'believe upon Him Who gave it unto us.' And the 
"governor said unto them, 'And who is he that gave 



THE GOVERNOR AND THE BLESSED MEN CONVERSE. 22 7 

"'it unto you, in whom ye wish me to believe?' And 

*'the blessed men said unto him, *Have ye never 

"'heard of the report of Jesus Christ, the Son of 

"'God, Who came down from the heavens to the 

"'earth for the redemption of the children of men?' 

"And the governor said unto them, 'I have heard of 

'"the report of Him, but I know Him not.' And the 

"blessed men said unto him, 'He it is Who hath 

'"given us this medicine of life; whatsoever sickness 

" 'that hath the man who believeth upon Him is cured, 

"'and every pain and every disease.' And the gov- 

"ernor said unto them, 'Behold, the people of the 

"'Jews do not receive Him, neither did our fathers 

"'believe in Him. Nay, according to what history 

"'relateth concerning Him, they even laid hands upon 

"'Him, and treated Him with contempt, and made 

"'Him to endure many evil things. And now, how 

"'can ye say unto me that it is He Who hath given k 

"'unto you the medicine of life? For the history which / 

"'concerneth Him is very ancient, whilst ye, who 

"'bear His gift and who heal every man of his 

" 'sickness therewith, have only appeared in the world 

"'to-day.' And the blessed men said unto him, 'The 

"'Lord hath had pleasure in us, and He hath chosen 

"'us to be members of His household, and this gift 

"'of grace which thou seest with us hath been given 

"'unto us by Him for the help of the children of 

"'men, and for His praise, and for putting the Jews 

"'to shame.' And the man said unto them, 'Are ye 

'"not yourselves of the children of Israel? How then 

"'is it now that ye proclaim concerning their shame 

"'and concerning their fall, seeing that ye belong 

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228 THE GOVERNOR AND THE BLESSED MEN CONVERSE. 

'**unto them?* And the blessed men answered and 
Page 197 "said unto him, 'We have already told [ thee, but 
"'again will we teach thee. Hast thou never heard 
'**of the report of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who 
"*was born of Mary the Virgin? He hath been unto 
"*us the true Light, and He hath made straight our 
*''way unto Him, and for His sake we deny that 
"'nation which hath cut itself off from the kingdom 
"'of God. And not unto us only hath grace called, 
"'but also unto every one that wisheth to inherit life. 
"'Now Paul the Apostle was one of them, and having 
"'gone forth to persecute the disciples of Jesus, grace 
"'called unto him, and made him an apostle. And 
"'to Zacchaeus also, the collector of money at the 
'"[city] gate, [did grace cry], for His gate is open 
"'unto all those that repent. And in His abundant 
•"mercy He hath also given unto us the hand (i. e., 
'"opportunity), and hath cried unto us, and we have 
"'drawn nigh unto Him, and He hath raised us up 
"'out of the slough of destruction. And we, if thou 
'"wilt hearken unto us, will shew thee the straight 
"'way which will take thee up into heaven; and if 
"'thou wilt believe on Him, whatsoever thou shalt 
'"ask He will give unto thee.'" 

"And it came to pass that when the governor heard 
"these wonderful things, he answered and said unto 
"them, *I confess Christ Who hath shewn us the true 
"'light. Who hath made straight our way unto you, 
"'Whom we know through you; far be it from us 
"'henceforth to leave Him even unto death.' Then 
"Judah answered and said unto his companions, 'Come, 
"'let us pray for this maiden, and let us cry out 



THE MAIDEN IS MADE WHOLE. 229 

"*unto Christ to send help unto her; and we will 
"^anoint her with this gift of grace, and she shall 
"*be made whole and shall stand up/ Then Judah 
**drew nigh and stood over the maiden and he saw 
"that she was already [well nigh] d'ead, and that only 
"a very little breath remained in her. And he lifted 
"up his eyes, and prayed, and said, 'O Lord God, 
"'Thou mighty God, Who art the Father of our Lord 
"'Jesus Christ, Who didst send Him forth, and didst 
"'of Thine own free will put on the mortal body of 
"'Adam, and didst deliver him from the subjection 
"'of Satan, do Thou now, in Thine abundant mercy, 
'"send forth healing and help unto this helpless 
"'maiden, and let her be made whole and stand up. 
'"And call her, and bring her nigh unto Thyself, 
"'and let her become unto Thee | a chosen vessel Page 198 
"'wherewith Thy Godhead may be well pleased.' 
"And immediately Judah had ended his prayer, he 
"drew nigh unto the maiden and gave her some of 
"the gift of grace, and straightway she was made 
"whole, and stood up; and every one who saw this 
"gave glory unto God Who had done the will of 
"those who feared Him." 

"Now when her betrothed saw what had happened, 
"he answered and said unto his father, 'In very truth 
"'the sickness of this maiden hath been of great 
"'benefit unto us, for by means of it we have found 
"'deliverance for our souls. For otherw^ise whence 
"'could we have learned that Jesus Christ giveth 
"'healing unto every one that believeth in Him? Or 
"'how could we have learned that there is to be a 
"'judgment, and punishment, and a kingdom, and 



23o THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY ARE CONVERTED. 



"'life which passeth not away, in the new world that 
"'never cometh to an end? Whence could we have 
"'heard all these things? But behold, we have now 
"'gained two benefits: we have found life for our 
"'souls, and we have gotten healing for this maiden/ 
"Then the two of them entreated the blessed men 
"and said unto them, 'We beseech you, O our lords, 
"'ye servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, to shew us 
"'the straight way wherein ye know that it will please 
"'your Lord that we should walk, and pray ye on 
"'our behalf that Christ will forgive us our offences.' 
"Then Judah answered and said unto them, 'Go ye 
"'and seek out and look for a village wherein a 
"'church hath been built, and be ye baptized and 
"'receive the sign of life, and become ye participators 
"'in the Body and Blood of our Lord; and believe 
"'upon Him with all your soul, and with all your 
"'strength, and give thanks unto Him for the goodness 
"'which He hath wrought for you.' So these men 
"went, and they did as Judah had told them to do, 
"and they believed upon our Lord, both they and 
"the people of their village." 

"Then one of the enemies and haters of God went 
"and informed the priests, and told them everything 
"which he had seen and heard that the blessed men 
"were doing. And when the chief priests had heard 
"these things they were all gathered together in their 
"synagogue, and they took counsel one with another. 
"And they gave a bribe unto the governor, and said 
Page 199 "unto him, 'Lord, we beseech thy mighty | power [to 
"'have regard unto] these seducers concerning whom, 
"'a short time ago, we brought information to thy 



THE JEWS BRIBE THE GOVERNOR. 



23l 



'^greatness. Behold, they are going round about 
**the city, and they are leading astray much people, 
*'and they make them blind with the things which 
*'they do, and they teach lying things, the which 
**have no foundation; and multitudes become con- 
'*vinced by their words, and go astray after their 
'^doctrine. We beseech thy greatness concerning 
**them. Command that they be seized, and that they 
*'be summoned unto thy royal judgment hall, and be 
'^questioned before thee, and that they receive from 
**thee such punishment as is meet for their falsehood.' 
'And it came to pass that when the governor of the 
*city had taken the bribe, he sent and seized the 
'blessed men and cast them into prison, and he gave 
'orders concerning them, saying, 'Let them be guard- 
'ed carefully until they stand before me/ Now when 
'the blessed men had been shut up in prison, they 
'prayed and made supplication unto God, and they 
'ceased not to teach their doctrine. For they were 
'strenuous concerning the doctrine of Christ, and 
'the true faith was blazing up in their minds like a 
'flame of fire. There was no fear in their hearts, 
'and they were not afraid in their minds; for their 
'confidence was in Christ, and He hearkened unto 
'everything which they asked, and performed their 
'will." 

"And when it was the time of evening, the three 
'men stood up in prayer, and they sang hymns, and 
'they said the whole of the Psalm which beginneth, 
"An avenging God' is the Lord.' x\nd when they 



I Psalm XCIV. 



232 THE BLESSED MEN IN PRISON. 

"had finished the service they prayed and said, *Look, 
"*0 God, and see the iniquity and wickedness of 
"*this contumacious people, and turn back their own 
"'iniquity upon them, and let the wrath of Thine 
"*anger overtake them; and grant that we may preach 
"'Thy Gospel unto all those who believe. And shew 
"'Thou mercy upon the nations that err and that 
"'have not received Thy spiritual doctrine, and turn 
"'them to the knowledge of Thy truth; and enlighten 
"'the eyes of their hearts so that they may know 
"'and have understanding of Thy great and terrible 
Page 200 "'Name, for in the blackness of error | they have 
"'lost their way.' And when they had ended their 
"service, the angel of God appeared unto them and 
"said unto them, 'Fear not, neither be ye troubled, 
"'O ye servants of God, for your prayer hath been 
"'heard before God, and many people are about to 
"'believe in Christ through your spiritual doctrine; 
"'and your enemies shall not have the power to do 
"'evil unto you, for God will be with you at all 
"'times, and He will never forsake you.' 

"Now many people were shut up in prison, and 
"they were taking heed diligently and were observing 
"the blessed men as they were performing their 
"service; and [the blessed men] were constant in 
"fasting and prayer. And these men drew nigh unto 
"them and said unto them, 'We beseech you, O our 
"'lords, to tell us: What is your doctrine? What is 
"'your religion? and whether the God Whom ye wor- 
"'ship is stronger than are the gods whom we wor- 
"'ship? For, behold, we see that ye are constantly 
"'praying to your God, although He is not nigh unto 



THEY PREACH THE GOSPEL. 



233 



'you.' Then the blessed men opened their mouths 
and said unto them, *Our God is near and He is 
*to be found by those who call upon Him; and in 
'whatsoever place a man shall cry unto Him with 
'a perfect heart, there is He. On the sea and on 
*the dry land He ruleth with His will; and in the 
'height and in the depth His command is fulfilled. 
'But now, who are your gods?' And the men who 
were bound in prison answered and said unto the 
blessed men, 'Our gods are many. Some worship 
'Venus Astarte, and some confess Apollo, and some 
'worship Sisinds, * and some of us do honour unto 
'the great god Zeus.' And when the blessed men 
heard these things they said unto them, 'The gods 
'whom ye worship are not gods at all, but dead 
'idols, the work of the hands of the children of 
'men; they can do neither good nor harm, and they 
'cannot stand up to help those who worship them. 
'And if I ye do not believe me, call upon them, and Page 201 
'let them take you out from the prison wherein 
'ye are bound.' And the men answered and said 
unto the blessed men, 'Why doth not your own 
'God come and deliver you, and take you out of 
'the prison?' And the blessed men answered and 
said unto them, 'Our God liveth, and He will take 
'us out from this prison. And not only will He 
'answer us, and deliver us from our enemies, but 
'you also; for He receiveth and rejoiceth in those 
'who turn unto Him, and delivereth them from their 
afflictions.'" 



^ A corruption of the name *Dionysos'. 



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"And there was in that prison a certain man, a 
councillor, who was imprisoned until he could be 
tried; now he had only one eye. And when he 
heard the blessed men talking about the wonderful 
things of God, he answered and said unto them, 
*0 ye servants of God, entreat Christ, Whom ye 
'preach, on my behalf, that He may receive me 
'among the number of His lambs.' And when the 
blessed men heard the confession of the councillor, 
they answ.ered and said unto him, 'If thou art firm 
'in the faith of Christ, the Son of God, we will 
'shew thee the way of Christ ; now the way of Christ 
'leadeth those who love Him unto His Father. For 
'thus hath He taught us in His Gospel, saying, 'No 
'man cometh unto the Father except by Me.'* And, 
'He who seeth Me hath seen the Father." And for us 
'who believe doth He do our will whensoever we ask 
'Him, and whensoever we call upon Him He cometh 
'to our help. And that it may be certain unto thee 
'that these things are thus, if thou dost believe in 
'Christ, we will straightway call upon Him, and we 
'will bring some of this medicine nigh unto thine eye, 
'and immediately it shall be opened, and thou shalt 
'see the light therewith.' And the councillor said unto 
them, 'In very truth I believe upon Him, and that 
'He, the Christ, is the Son of the living God^ the 
'Light of the world, and that He in His grace and 
'mercy halh sent | you unto us that ye might illumine 
'the eyes of our understanding with your spiritual 
'doctrine.' Then Judah poured some of the gift of 



I St. John XIV. 6. 



St. John XIV. 9. 



HIS EYESIGHT IS RESTORED. 



235 



'grace into his hand, and he anointed the eye of 
'the councillor, and said, 'May Jesus, the true Light, 
"Who by coming hath made to rejoice the creatures 
"that were in darkness,^ illumine with the true light 
"this pupil of the eye which is in darkness!' And 
'immediately that the gift of grace touched it, it 
'became light and as if it had never at all been 
'diseased. And when those who were bound in prison 
'saw what had happened, they lifted up their voices, 
'and said, 'Glory to the true God, Whom Judah and 
'his companions serve! We believe that He is the 
"true Light, and that there is no other god besides 
"Him, and that He giveth strength and healing unto 
"those who believe in Him.'" 

"And it came to pass that when the keeper of the 
'prison heard what had happened, he ran and made 
'it known to the governor, and said unto him, 'I 
"entreat thee, O my lord. These men, who by the 
' 'command of thy lordship have been bound in prison, 
"have been performing great and mighty deeds and 
"miracles therein. And all night long a most glorious 
"light from the chamber wherein they are illumineth 
"the prison; and when those who were imprisoned 
"along with them heard their doctrine and saw what 
"they were performing, they too believed upon them. 
"And further, I believe that if they wished it, the 
"doors of the prison would open themselves before 
"them, and they could depart. And, moreover, the 
"lord councillor himself also hath believed in their 
"doctrine.' Now when the governor of the city heard 
'the words of the keeper of the prison, he straight- 
'way commanded the clerk of his troops, and .... 



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"and he said unto them, *Take ye fifty armed Greeks, 
"'and go to the prison and bring hither the lord 
"'councillor and all those who are imprisoned with 
"'him/ And when those who had been sent [to the 
"prison] had departed, they saw other soldiers sur- 
"rounding them, and they heard from them the true 
"doctrine. | And those who had gone for [the men 
"in prison] answered and said unto them, 'The judge 
"'hath sent us for you;' and they rose up with 
"them and went to the praetorium. And the chief of 
"the troops went in and said unto the governor of 
"the city, 'Behold, the men who were bound in prison 
"'are standing outside.' And the judge answered 
"and said unto them, 'Let the lord councillor come 
"'in;' and when he had gone in, and they saw that 
"both his eyes were opened, they marvelled at him 
"greatly. And the judge said unto him, 'My lord, 
"'for what cause hast thou been cast into prison?' 
"And the nobleman said unto him, 'My companions 
"'uttered calumnies concerning me before thy great- 
"'ness, and thou didst give the command concerning 
"'me, and I fell into prison.' And the governor said 
"unto him, 'Answer falsely nothing which I am about 
"'to ask you. Was not thine eye destroyed when 
"'thou didst fall into prison?' And the nobleman 
"said unto him, 'From the time when I could distin- 
"'guish between good and evil I never saw the light 
"'with it until I was shut up in prison.' Then the 
"governor said unto him, 'Thy falling into prison 
"'was, then, an advantage unto thee. But tell me 
"'how it was that thou camest to see the light with 
"'it, and who it was that gave thee light in thy blind 



THE COUNCILLOR IS PARDONED. 2i^ 

*eye?' And the nobleman said unto him, *0 my lord 
*the governor, thou sayest unto me truly that in 
*being bound in prison I gained great benefit; and 
*I did so both bodily and spiritually; for that light 
*which is inside the pupil of my eye which was 
'dark is stronger than that of all those who are 
'born [with sight]. But now, I will tell thee how it 
'happened. These blessed men, Judah and his com- 
'panions, whom thou hast bound in prison, were 
'praying and making supplication by night and by 
'day, and they never ceased to perform their service.' 
'And I heard the voice of the angel which came 
'down to them, and encouraged them, and I saw 
'also the most excellent light with which the chamber 
*wherein they were bound was filled. And one 
'morning I went in to them and saluted them, and 
'when they saw that I had received their doctrine, 
'Judah brought forth the medicine from beneath his 
'garment, and put some of it upon my eye, | and Page 204 
'called upon the Name of Christ; and straightway 
'my eye became sound, and I saw the light.' And 
when the judge heard the words of the nobleman, 
he answered and said unto him, 'Go thou in peace 
'to thy house, and render thanks and gratitude unto 
'Him Who hath given thee this great gift.'" 
"Then the governor sent and called the blessed 
men, and said unto them, 'Ye must know that the 
'chief priests and the heads of the synagogue have 
'laid information concerning you before me, and 
'these men have told me that ye are seducers, and 
'that ye shew yourselves to be those who make the 
'eyes [of men] to be in darkness, and that ye lead 



238 THE GOVERNOR AND THE BLESSED MEN CONVERSE. 



Page 205 



'astray the innocent of heart and the simple-minded 
'folk, and that ye make disturbances in this city, 
'and that many murders are committed among you, 
'because ye are divided the one side against the 
'other. And I as a judge must follow their words, 
'lest I should fall under the condemnation of the 
'Emperors, as being a judge who hath heard of 
'tumult in his city and hath not been able to abate 
'the cause of the strife, but I have been led captive. 
'But since the lord councillor, whose eye I know 
'was destroyed, hath come unto me and he hath 
'apologized for you, saying that ye lead good lives, 
'and he hath shewed us also that his right eye which 
'was destroyed hath been opened, I now believe that 
'they spoke falsehoods against you through envy. 
'And now, I entreat you to deal graciously with me 
'also, even as ye have done for the lord councillor.' 
And the blessed men answered and said unto the 
governor, 'My lord, for this purpose also were we 
'sent by Christ, that unto every man who wisheth to 
'journey in the way of truth, and to turn unto the 
'religion of God and to hate that which abideth not, 
'and to love the happiness that abideth for ever, we 
'should shew the way. For the time of this world 
'is short, and it passeth away, and vanisheth, and 
'is consumed; and the life thereof cometh to an end, 
'and the dominion thereof is dissolved and goeth 
'away quickl)^ and it passeth like the shadow that 
'turneth, and it abideth not for ever. But those 
'who desire greatly | to see that world shall inherit 
'the happiness that never cometh to an end, and 
'the habitation that goeth not away, and the kingdom 



JUDAH'S SPEECH BEFORE THE GOVERNOR. 2 39 

"* which never passeth away, and the joy which is 
***never abated, and the praise which is never destroy- 
"'ed, and the Light which maketh happy those who 
"*see it for ever and for ever. But woe be unto the 
***sinners and unto the wicked who have not kept the 
^^'commandments of God when justice is revealed upon 
*'*them, and when they stand naked before the throne 
***of power, and the books are opened, and words are 
*'*tried! They shall make entreaty, but there shall be 
**'none to answer; and they shall make supplication, 
"'but there shall be none to hearken; and they shall 
"'be in despair. There justice shall be lifted up, and 
"'grace shall shine forth. No man shall make entreaty 
'"for his fellow, and no man shall become surety for 
"'his companion; offerings shall not be accepted there, 
"'and supplication shall not be listened to, for there 
"'is a gulf between the righteous and the wicked. 
"'And sinners shall cry out, but they shall not be 
"'heard; neither shall compassion be shewn unto 
"'them, nor refreshing be allowed unto them. No 
"'son shall aid his father there, and no father can 
"'make entreaty on behalf of his son; there is no 
"'accepting of persons in that place, for the judgment 
"'of God is just, and every man shall be rewarded 
"'according to his deeds. There the bond and the 
"'free are as one, and the master and his servant 
"'are equal, and the rich and the poor stand together. 
"'He who acquired dominion [upon the earth] doth 
"'not stand in his greatness, and the beggar doth 
"'not return to his former lowly estate. This is the 
'"constitution of the world which is to come. Blessed 
"'is he whose iniquity hath been forgiven, and whose 



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THE GOVERNOR IS CONVERTED. 



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*sins have been covered! Blessed is the man to 
*whom the Lord will not reckon his sin, and in 
*whose heart there is no guile.'" 

"And it came to pass that as these holy men 
sowed in the ears of the judge words which were 
full of pain and repentance, suffering and sorrow 
clothed him about. And he turned to God, and he 
received their doctrine like the good and rich ground 
which receiveth seed, and yieldeth fruit thirtyfold, 
and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold; even thus did he 
receive their doctrine. And he confessed Christ, 
and became greatly confirmed in the faith | of our 
Lord." 

"Then the governor entreated the blessed men, 
saying, *Now that the true light of your doctrine 
'hath illumined the eyes of my understanding, and 
*hath shone into my mind, I would make one request 
'of you; withhold it not, for I am confident and 
'certain that it is easy for you to grant it unto me.' 
And the blessed men said unto him, 'Ask whatsoever 
'thou wishest; and if we are able to grant it, good 
'and well, and if not, we will pray unto God and 
'entreat Him to give thee the petition of thy heart.' 
And the governor answered and said unto them, 
'I entreat you, O my lords. I have no son, and 
'my wife is barren. But I have a son of the house, 
'and one day he was occupied in some work of 
'folly, and I became enraged with him, and I took 
'a whip to beat him; and as I smote him, the thong 
'went into his eye, and destroyed it, and he hath 
'one eye [only]. And the grief wherewith I grieved 
'concerning him was greater than that wherewith I 



THE GOVERNOR ASKS FOR HELP FOR HIS SON. 24 I 

"^grieved because I had no other children. And this 

"'day, the day whereon our Lord hath shewed Hi6 

"*glory unto me, and your teaching hath drawn me 

"*unto life, I entreat you to fulfil your goodness 

"'towards me. Lay some of the medicine which ye 

"'have upon the boy, and let his eye be healed, 

"'and let him see the light; and I will rejoice in 

"'your coming unto me.' And the blessed men said 

"unto the governor, 'Every difficult thing is easy unto 

"'God, and to Him there is no crookedness which He 

"'cannot make straight; and whosoever believeth upon 

"'Him receiveth whatsoever he asketh. But tell me: 

"'What religion hath the boy?' And the governor 

"said unto them, 'Both he and I worship the gods 

'"whom the Emperors worship.' And the blessed men 

"said unto him, 'These gods whom the Emperors 

"'worship are not [gods] at all. But the King whose 

'"kingdom standeth for ever and ever is Jesus Christ, 

"'Whom we serve. His promise is faithful and true, 

"'and it is He Who giveth light, and life, | and king- Page 207 

"'dom, unto those who believe upon Him. It is He 

'"Who giveth light to the blind, and hearing unto the 

"'deaf; it is He Who bringeth the dead to life, and 

^"He is the hope of the living. There is no one who 

"'can deliver and save like unto Him, but without belief 

"'in Him no man is able to draw nigh unto God."* 

"And it came to pass that, when the governor 

"heard these words from the blessed men, he spake 

"unto them further, and said, 'In very truth your 

'"doctrine is the true light, and, as we have heard 

"'concerning you, ye shew the way of life unto the 

'"children of men that they may serve the living God; 

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242 THE CONVERSION OF THE BLIND BOY. 



*and I have seen with mine own eyes the things 
'which have taken place. But I entreat you now to 
'bring some of that medicine which ye have nigh 
'unto the boy, and let his eye which hath been 
'destroyed be made whole/ And the blessed men 
answered and said unto the boy, 'Tell us, O boy; 
'What happened unto thee?' And the boy answered 
and said unto them, 'I entreat you, O my lords. 
'The matter happened unto me thus. My lord was 
'wroth with me because I had offended him, and 
'he took a whip to beat me therewith; and as he 
'was beating me the thong of the whip came into 
'my eye, and blinded it.' And the blessed men said 
unto him, 'If one were to make It whole, what 
'wouldst thou promise him?' And the boy said unto 
them, 'My master hath made me the steward of 
'every thing that he hath, and he hath delivered 
'into my hands every thing that he possesseth, 
'together with his riches, and the goods which he 
'hath laid up, and all his treasury; whatsoever that 
'man should ask of me that would I give him.' And 
the blessed men said unto him, 'We require this of 
'thee: thou must believe upon Him Who shall give 
'thee the light.' And the boy answered and said 
unto them, 'My lords, I believe on Him with all my 
'soul, and with all my mind; He Is the true God, 
'and the compassionate Lord. Henceforth I will 
'have no other lord with Him, and I will never again 
'put my neck under the yoke of another service, 
'and I will never again know any other god except 
'the Lord God.' And when the blessed men heard 
'these things from the boy, they answered and said 



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**unto him, | Look up to heaven, and cry unto the Page 208 

**God Who dwelleth therein, Whose eyes look upon 

'*the whole earth/ Then straightway the boy lifted 

*up his gaze towards the celestial heights, and he 

'prayed and said, 'O Lord God, Thou mighty God, 

**Who makest straight the way for sinners, and 

'Who callest the lost ones into Thy fold, hearken 

''Thou now, O Christ, to my voice, and grant that 

"I may enter into Thy spiritual fold, and let me be 

"one of those who have believed upon Thee. And 

"pardon me my offences in that I erred ignorantly 

"in following after dead idols, and make me to be 

"a participator with those who serve before Thee 

"with purity and holiness; yea, O Father, and Son, 

"and Holy Ghost, for ever! Amen.'" 

"And it came to pass that, when the blessed men 

'had heard the confession of the boy, they marvelled 

'and gave glory unto God. And straightway Judah 

'brought forth the horn, and poured out some of 

'that gift of grace and laid it upon his eye, saying, 

"In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! May He 

"Whose door is open unto all those who believe, 

"Who desireth the life of all those who repent, 

"open thine eyes! and mayest thou see the light.' 

'And when Judah had said these words, the eye of 

'the boy was opened straightway, and he saw the 

'light; and every one who was nigh and had seen 

'what had happened, gave thanks and glorified God, 

'Who worketh the will of those who fear Him when- 

'soever they call upon Him. And the blessed men 

'also anointed the wife of the judge and said, 'May 

"the Lord give thee fruit of joy!'" 

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244 PLOT TO SLAY THE BLESSED MEN. 



"And when the chief priests had heard that the 
"governor, and all those who were with him, and all 
"his troops, had believed on Jesus Christ, they medi- 
"tated thereon among themselves. And they chose 
"out from their people fifty men who were mighty 
*'men of valour, and gave them to eat and to drink; 
"and when they were merry they said unto them, 
"'Take as much gold as ye wish, and rise up this 
" *night and arm yourselves, and go by night, without 
"*any man knowing about you, and seize these 
"'seducers, that is to say, Judah and his companions, 
"'and go and cast them into the sea, and let them 
Page 209 '"be. drowned/ Now there | was there among those 
"who believed on Christ a certain just and righteous 
"man, who was a fearer of God, and his name 
"was Eutychus. And when he heard what the chief 
"priests were wishing to do unto the blessed men, 
"he busied himself diligently, and sent messengers 
"unto them, saying, 'If ye do not save yourselves 
"'by flight this night ye will perish in the sea. For 
"'the chief priests have made a plan, and have 
'"brought fifty men who are mighty men of valour, 
"'and they have given them to eat and to drink, 
'"and have distributed money not a little among 
"'them, that they may come and seize you this night 
"'and cast you into the sea. And no man knoweth 
"'of the plan except me who have sent unto you.' 
"And when the blessed men heard of the secret 
"plan from the believing man, they rose up and 
"went forth from the city; and they went down 
"and journeyed through all the land of Palestine. 
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THEY DEPART TO CILICIA. 245 



*'Asia, and unto Galatia, and they preached linto 
'*every man in that country and taught there. And 
"they came unto Phrygia and unto Cilicia, and in 
*'Cilicia they built a monastery wherein they dwelt 
''all the days of their life. And they taught every 
''one who went unto them to serve God with all their 
"hearts, and they preached concerning Jesus Christ 
"that He is the Son of God. And every one who 
"was sick or ill of any disease whatsoever, if he 
"went unto them believing in the power of God 
"which clave unto them, he was healed whatever 
"his disease might be. And they dwelt in that mo- 
"nastery all the days of their life, and they preached 
"the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they 
"healed everyone who went unto them in the faith 
"of God and who took refuge in the victorious power 
"of the atoning blood of Christ." 



These things, and a great many more besides them, 
which mine eyes have seen and mine ears have heard, 
have I, Philotheus the deacon, written down and 
shewn forth, and made known concerning | the most Page 210 
amazing and shameful deed which the crucifiers of 
Christ who were abominable in everything, committed; 
for in all that they did shame came upon them, but 
unto us by reason of what they did came the adop- 
tion of sons. Now all ye believers who are in every 
place, give thanks and glorify Christ, Who for the 
sake of our life sent His angel unto me, and made 
known to me these things for the redemption of our 
souls. Remember ye my feebleness, and the treasure 



246 EXHORTATION OF PHILOTHEUS. 



of life for which I have laboured and have laid up 
for your aid in this history. And let us give thanks 
together, and let us glorify the Father, and the Son, 
and the Holy Ghost, now and at all times, and for 
ever and ever! Amen. 



Here endeth the History of the Likeness which 
the Jews made in the city of Tiberias to make a mock 
of, and of how they received their punishment. And 
to God be everlasting glory! Amen.